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Boll Weevils: Fertility and Competitiveness of Males Destined to Enter Diapause

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Males of Anthonomus grandis grandis Boheman destined to enter diapause are capable of inseminating females that can in turn produce fertile eggs. However, these males have greatly reduced mating vigor and do not compete as well for virgin females as reproductive males do. Therefore, populations in which a large percentage of the weevils are destined to enter diapause may be more vulnerable to the releases of sterile laboratory-reared insects for decreasing the chances that native overwintered females would lay fertile eggs prior to mating in the spring. This approach, when used in combination with the technique of disruption of pheromonal communication, should increase the effectiveness of the disruption technique.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1981

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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