Choice of Insecticides in Steiner Traps Affects the Capture Rate of Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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Some Australian fruit flies—i.e., Queensland fruit fly, Dacus tryoni (Froggatt); lesser Queensland fruit fly, Dacus neohumeralis Hardy; solanum fly, Dacus cacuminatus (Hering); and Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann)—attracted to Steiner traps died outside them. They either succumbed to the insecticide before entering or escaped before being overcome. In a normal trapping program, these flies would fall to the ground and be lost, leading to an observed catch sometimes substantially lower than the actual number of flies attracted. Choice of insecticide used in the trap had a marked effect on number of flies lost and, consequently, on total size of the catch. Dichlorvos was a more effective insecticide for use in traps than malathion, lindane, trichlorfon, or naled.

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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