Simple Method for Rearing the Insect Predator Geocoris punctipes (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) on a Meat Diet

Author: Cohen, Allen C.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 78, Number 5, October 1985 , pp. 1173-1175(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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An all-beef artificial diet was developed for rearing Geocoris punctipes (Say). Thus far, five complete continuous generations have developed on this diet at a cost of ca. $0 63 per 1000 adults. Eggs for a sixth generation have been laid. There was an increase in biomass from <1.0 mg for first instars that started the culture to nearly 1,200 mg biomass in the fifth generation. Numbers of G. punctipes have increased in each succeeding generation, an indication that the present diet and techniques may lend themselves to mass culture of this important predator.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 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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