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Bioassay Procedure for an Attractant of the Pepper Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

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Abstract:

Captures of laboratory-reared adult pepper weevils, Anthonomus eugenii Cano, using either a bioassay chamber or traps in field cages baited with live male or female weevils, showed that the male produces an airborne female attractant. Dichloromethane extracts of the male weevil also attracted the female in laboratory bioassays, but not under field cage conditions. In the laboratory, 40 male equivalents in dichloromethane were required to attract females in numbers equal to those attracted by five live males. The potential for using traps baited with live males to capture females under field cage conditions was shown.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1988

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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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