Infestation of Carambolas by Laboratory-reared Caribbean Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae): Effects of Fruit Ripeness and Cultivar

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Three cultivars of Averrhoa carambola (L.) fruits at four stages of ripeness were infested with laboratory-reared Anastrepha suspensa (Loew). Overall, 'Golden Star' fruit was significantly less susceptible than 'Arkin' or 'Fwang Tung' by the following measures of infestation: numbers of eggs laid in fruit, number of pupae developing from fruit, and average weight of pupae. However, cultivar-specific effects of fruit ripeness were detected, with infestation levels increasing with ripeness in some cultivars and declining in others.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 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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