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Evaluation of Color Sticky Panels for Monitoring Megastigmus spermotrophus (Hyntenoptera: Toryntidae)

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Four colors and 3 types of colored sticky panels were tested for effectiveness in monitoring adults of Megastigmus spennotrophus Wachtl. Panels (gold Rebell) were used to catch chalcids in 44 seed orchard blocks over a 4-yr period. Although the relationship between number of M. spermotrophus captured and subsequent seed damage was weak, a threshold of a cumulative average of 1 female per panel (until 10 d after cone pendency) accurately predicted damage in 89% of the cases. This monitoring system could be used as part of a decision process that includes other factors such as cone crop size, tree phenology, seed value, and the likelihood of a secondary pest outbreak.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1995

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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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