Fumigation of Caribbean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) Larvae with Cyclopropyl Compounds Inhibits Adult Emergence

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Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) larvae were fumigated with the cyclopropyl compounds methyl cyclopropanecarboxylate, cyclopropyl methyl ketone, and cyclopropyl methyl carbinol. Larvae were exposed for 24 h to rates ranging from 1.1 to 21.4 mg/liter. Typically, fumigated larvae grew and formed puparia, but adults did not emerge. At lower rates adults often only partially eclosed; however, <5% fully escaped from their puparia. Mortality of A. suspensa was 100%with exposures to 2.2mg/liter of methyl cyclopropanecarboxylate, 10.7 mg/liter of cyclopropyl methyl ketone and 21.4 mg/liter of cyclopropyl methyl carbinol. Dissection of puparia revealed that insects fumigated with methyl cyclopropanecarboxylate died at various phases of development; 7% of these specimens were headless pupae.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 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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