Fuller Rose Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Ovipositional Preference on Florida Citrus


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 83, Number 3, June 1990 , pp. 860-865(6)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Viable Fuller rose beetle, Pantomol'us cel'vinus (Boheman), egg masses were found on nearly 60% of 1,500 oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits (Citrus sinensis Osbeck, C. reticulate Blanco hybrid, and C. pal'adisi Macf., respectively) selected randomly from two mixed citrus groves in 1988 and 1989. However, of the 18,320 processed fruit checked in packing houses, no. P. cel'vinus eggs were found. Calyx removal during the packing process may be the cause of this phenomenon. Two sampling methods for determining beetle density per tree in the field are reported; emergence traps and beating samples. An oviposition study, which enclosed 1-10 beetles on 8 m' of tree volumes with Fiberglas mesh cages, revealed the location of oviposition sites, the relationship between beetle density and number of eggs laid per site, the variability of eggs deposited over time of year, and how this variability is correlated to ambient temperature fluctuations.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1990

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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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