Evaluation of Two Pupation Methods for Mass Production of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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Two methods of pupation for mass production of Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), were compared. Mean pupal weight, adult eclosion, and fecundity were significantly higher for larvae pupated in boxes of vermiculite than for those pupated in trays without any pupation medium. Adults reared from pupae without pupation medium emerged 1 day later and were shorter-lived than those reared from larvae that had pupated in vermiculite. These results are of considerable significance to the selection of a pupation technique for a mass-production facility.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 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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