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Role of Availability of Food to the Adult Lobesia botrana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in Its Reproductive Performance

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Two experiments were conducted to assess the influence of sucrose and honey (5 and 20%) solution provided as food to adult Lobesia botrana (Denis & Schiffermueller) from the 1st or 4th d of their emergence on their reproductive potential and longevity. Free water served as the control in both experiments. Diets with sugars did not significantly increase female fecundity. Deprivation of feeding during the early stage (up to 3 d after emergence) showed no significant decrease in fecundity, provided that water or a carbohydrate solution was available after that. Longevity of adults was higher when provided food from the day of emergence than when starved for the first 3 d of their life span. Regardless of the availability of food, moths laid 90%of their eggs within the first 10 d of their life at 25 ± 1°C.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1998

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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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