Demographic Analysis of Insect Mass Rearing: A Case Study of Three Tephritids

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We examine mass-production strategies for insects, using life table techniques. Harvesting of target stages and discarding of reproductives are viewed simply as the imposition of new mortality rates on a population. Demographic formulae are given for computing production rates and stage relations within a rearing facility and for determining age and size structure in released, sterile populations. The methods are applied to data relating to the rearing of three tephritid fruit flies—Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), Dacus dorsalis Hendel, and D. cucurbitae Coquillet. Both specific and general implications of the findings are briefly discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 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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