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A series of cucurbit cultivars were compared as hosts for rearing Acalymma vittatum (F.) larvae. Cultivars were tested by using A. vittatum rearing techniques, with comparisons based on adult production, mean emergence date, and plant survival. 'Improved Warted Hubbard' and 'Table Queen Ebony Acorn' squash cultivars proved to be the best of the 12 cultivars compared. Use of a combination of five cultivars for mass production provided 60,000 adults and over 4,000,000 eggs for field research during 1982. The rearing procedure described offers vast improvement in both time and cost efficiency over previous techniques for rearing the insect.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 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.