Comparison of Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa varipuncta Patton) (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae) and Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.) (Hymenoptera: Apidae) as Pollinators of Male-sterile Cotton in Cages

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Carpenter bees (Xylocopa varipuncta Patton) compared favorably with honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) as pollinators of A-line and B-line cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) in field cages. Yields of seed cotton on the A-line plants were not significantly different when comparing seven carpenter bees per cage with one colony of honey bees per cage. The B-line plants produced significantly more seed cotton in the cages with honey bee pollinators, thus supporting the meager evidence favoring the rental value of honey bee colonies in normal cotton production fields.

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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