Intraplant Distribution and Sampling of Spider Mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) on Cantaloupe

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Intraplant distribution of all life stages of twospotted spider mite (TSM), Tetranychus urticae Koch, on cantaloupe was determined. Counts of adult females were used to estimate total population size. Significantly more adult females were present on the primary branch, indicating that this branch was optimal for use in a sampling scheme. Temporal changes in mite distribution on the primary branch indicated that plant phenology was an important factor to consider in developing a sampling strategy. Optimally, adult female TSM were counted on three consecutive leaves of the primary branch. Location of these leaves on the branch varied with plant growth stage.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1987

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