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Evaluation of Mass-Rearing Procedures for Bactrocera latifrons (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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Simple low-cost techniques and equipment have been developed for the mass production of Bactrocera latifrons (Hendel). A new oviposition stimulant (papaya juice) and egging cage, stackable larval rearing trays, and larval collection cabinets were developed and tested. An artificial wheat millfeed diet was modified for use as a production diet by substitution of bran for wheat millfeed. An important finding during these studies was that dilution of oviposition stimulants (fresh pepper and papaya juice) with water increased egg harvest. During 1991, these procedures were implemented and increased production of B. latifrons pupae by 121% over previously published methods. The application of these procedures to the development of the sterile insect technique for suppression of B. latifrons is discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1993

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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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