Improved Techniques for Production of Tobacco Budworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Eggs

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An improved method for production and collection of tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (F.), eggs is described. Small wooden cages were replaced with a larger cage constructed of metal that provided more space for moths to move and oviposit. Replacement of pupa containers with wire-mesh trays permitted emerging moths easier access to oviposition screens. Removing feeding dishes from inside the cage and placing them on top gave moths easy access to food. An antibiotic added to adult diet prevented buildup of bacteria. In 1984 we increased egg production 4-fold compared with previous years and reduced the hours of labor required from 8 to only 4 per day.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1986

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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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