Susceptibility of Diatraea saccharalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) to Tebufenozide

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Dosage-mortality baselines were determined for first and newly molted third instars of the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.), with tebufenozide incorporated into an artificial diet. Using death as an endpoint for these assays, LC50 and LC90 values were estimated to be 0.17 and 0.41 ppm for the first and 0.87 and 3.67 ppm for third instars, respectively. Developmental effects also were observed and were defined to include mortality as well as physical impairment and retarded or prolonged development with absence of feeding. Concentrations causing developmental effects in treated larvae (EC50 and EC90) were 5.8- and 3.8-fold lower than the LC50 and LC90, respectively. The critical time of exposure to tebufenozide was determined for developmentally synchronous third instars to be less than 12 h postecdysis. Mortality through adult emergence significantly decreased from 92% (treatment at 0 h postecdysis) to 30% (treatment at 12 h postecdysis), when exposed to tebufenozide at the EC50. For surviving larvae, length of development time until pupation was significantly increased and female pupal weight significantly decreased when larvae were treated at 0 h postecdysis into the third instar. In addition, to modifying the traditional ways of assessing mortality 0–3 d postapplication, this study points out the value of using other approaches to pesticide assessment, especially where insect growth regulators are involved.

Keywords: Diatraea saccharalis; sugarcane; tebufenozide

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2001

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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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