Insect Growth Regulators in Baits: Methoprene Acceptability to Foragers and Effect on Larval Eastern Yellow jackets (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

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Methoprene was tested for its potential in controlling pestiferous New Jersey yellow jackets. Cat food bait, with 0.5% methoprene, was found to have no repellent properties, whereas 5% methoprene was strongly repellentto foraging eastern yellow jackets, Vespula maculifrons (Buysson), in the field. Diluted honey bait with 0.05% methoprene attracted fewer foragers than control bait when tested simultaneously. However, a formulation of 0.08% methoprene in diluted honey was readily accepted when no competing baits were present. A technique for hand rearing final-stage yellow jacket larvae was developed and used to test the growth inhibiting effects of methoprcne. Larvae fed 3 µg of methoprenehad significantly lower pupation rates than did controls.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1983

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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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