Persistence of Egg Masses of the Range Caterpillar in Grazed and Ungrazed Rangeland
Authors: Bellows, Tom S.; Owens, John C.; Huddleston, Ellis W.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 75, Number 4, August 1982 , pp. 574-576(3)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:Rates of disappearance of egg masses of Hemileuca oliviae Cockerell were quantified in plots open to grazing and protected from grazing over winter in three topographical positions on a hillside in Lincoln County, N. M. There were no differences in disappearance rates between fenced and unfenced plots on the lowest hillside position, which supported a stand of grass of a type not foraged by the sheep. Significant differences were found between fenced and unfenced plots on the other two hillside positions where grazing occurred. Over a 5-month period, an estimated 74.5% of the egg masses disappeared from grazed plots, whereas only 38.3% disappeared from ungrazed plots. The differences were sufficiently large to suggest that winter grazing should be considered as one component of an integrated management program for this species.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1982-08-01
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