Insecticide Resistance in the Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae): Larval Response to Azinphosnlethyl

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Azinphosmethyl resistance in the light brown apple moth Epiphyas postvittana (Walker) was confirmed with four methods: topical application of larvae, a Potter tower direct-spray method, and two residue exposure methods using middle instars and newly hatched larvae. The Mariri population exhibited a 140-fold resistance factor, using topical application of larvae. A 20-fold resistance factor was obtained by using a Potter tower to spray the insects directly. The first residue exposure method, using a Potter tower to treat apple leaf discs with the 50 WP formulation, produced a 13-fold resistance factor when third- and fourth-instar larvae were caged on the discs for 48 h. In the second residue exposure method, when first-instar larvae were caged onto leaf discs for 16 h, the resistance factor was 5-fold. The Potter tower, acetone-spray method was found to be the most satisfactory technique for evaluation of azinphosmethyl resistance in larvae. The application of this technique for monitoring resistance in the field is suggested.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 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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