Activity of Grape Root Borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) in Southern Mississippi

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Muscadine grape vines were excavated from vineyards in southern Mississippi and examined for damage caused by the grape root borer, Vitacea polistiformis (Harris), and for the presence of borer larvae. Generally, young vines (<12 yr old) had no visible root borer damage and no borers were present; vines 12 to 15 yr old had moderate damage and borers were present; older vines had severe damage and borers were present. Grape root borer populations were monitored over 5 yr with pheromone traps. No moths were trapped before 15 June or after 2 October. Peak moth captures occurred from 15 July through 2 September. These data indicate that vineyards in southern Mississippi should be treated with an insecticide during the 2nd or 3rd wk of July for effective grape root borer control.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1994

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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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