Effect of Oviposition Cage Size on Egg Production and Hatch When Mass Rearing Boll Weevils

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Five sizes of oviposition cages for rearing Anthonomus grandis grandis Boheman were compared for effectson egg production by adults and on egg hatch. The cages had floor area of 4,320, 6,480, 8,640, 12,960, and 17,280cm2. Mixed-sex(equal numbers) adult were placed in the cages so that the density was ca. 2.1 boll weevil per cm2 of cage floor area. Eggs were collected daily, and an egg hatch check was made once each week. There was no significant difference in the eggs produced per ♀ per day in the four smaller cages, but egg production was significantly less in the largest cage. There was no difference in percent egg hatch among any of the cage sizes.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1982

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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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