Longevity of the Boll Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on Cotton and Alternate Feeding Sources Under Various Temperature Regimes in the Laboratory

Authors: CHANDLER, L. D.; WRIGHT, J. E.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 84, Number 6, December 1991 , pp. 1699-1704(6)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Laboratory studies were conducted to determine the effects of various food sources and temperature on adult longevity of the boll weevil,Anthonomus grandis Boheman. Boll weevil adults reared from cotton have the potential to live up to 9 mo on a continuous supply of cotton flower buds (squares). Kenaf, Hibiscus cannabinus L., and okra, H. esculentus L., flower buds playa minor role in boll weevil survival, but hibiscus, Hibiscus rosasinensis L., could be important for survival because weevils can exist for up to 4 mo on this food source. Boll weevil longevity was increased on all food sources at temperatures of 18 and 24"C compared with longevity at 12 and 3O"C. Use of alternative feeding sources could aid boll weevil survival during periods when cotton fruiting structures are not available.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1991

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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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