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Behavioral Response of the Larger Black Flour Beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) to Olfactory Cues from Food Sources

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Using an olfactometer system without air flow, we tested the attraction of Cynaeus angustus (LeConte) to freshly milled corn flour (with and without the field fungus Cladosponum spp.), agave stem pulp, Brewer's yeast, Indianmeal moth diet, and whole wheat flour. Results showed that milled corn flour containing Cladosporium spp., Indianmeal moth diet, and agave were significantly more attractive than the other materials. These findings represent a firm basis from which the olfactory attractants may be developed for use in trapping devices to detect C.angustus infestations.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1984

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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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