Biology of the Japanese Beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Eastern Massachusetts

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Abstract:

The Japanese beetle (JB), Popillia japonica Newman, is a major pest of ornamentals and turf in the Northeast. Daily collections of JB adults from pheromone plus floral scent lure traps indicated that JB adults are particularly active from mid-July through mid-August and that populations peak in late July. Dissections of adult reproductive systems indicated that, while systems develop quite rapidly, JB were not fully mature when they first emerged from the soil and initiated flight. The majority of adults were not fully mature until mid-August, and oviposition appeared to peak at that time. Eggs were recovered from turf samples in early September, first instars were recovered in October, and second instars were recovered in April, indicating that at least a portion of the population (ca. 10%) required 2 years to complete its development.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 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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