Culturing the Caroh Moth, Ectomyelois ceratoniae (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), on an Artificial Diet

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Adaptation of a population of the carob moth, Ectomyelois ceratoniae (Zeller), to laboratory rearing conditions takes six generations. Average larva and pupa periods were 17 and 7 days, respectively; the adult lives 2–10 days. Oviposition ceased after day 8. Polynomial curves of the percentage of fertile females, viable eggs, and progeny per female per day reflect similarity in shapes with three peaks on days 4 and 5. Higher numbers of eggs were laid by laboratory-reared females. Female fertility increased from 22% in the F1 to 42% in the F6. However, unmated females with no eggs laid decreased from 48% in F1 to 17% in F6. Wild males lacked competitiveness and did not transfer sperm to the wild females as frequently as to the fertilized females of the laboratory colony. Higher percentage of eggs hatching was found with three to four pairs in a mating container.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1987

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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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