Method for Rearing the Potato Stem Borer Hydraecia micacea Esper (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in the Laboratory

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Hydraecia micacea Esper was reared on an artificial diet at 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29°C. Larval mortality was less than 25% at all temperatures except 29°C, at which 62% of the larvae died. Larval mortality was highest during the first week of development at 29°C, but was constant throughout development at all other temperatures. Up to 80% of the pupae either failed to emerge or were deformed when maintained in clear plastic boxes within environmental chambers, while only 2 or 3% died when allowed to develop in boxes containing moistened vermiculite.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1985

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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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