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Pheromone Traps Detect Webbing Coneworms in Loblolly Pine Seed Orchards

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In 1981 traps baited with synthetic sex pheromone caught webbing coneworm (Dioryctria disclusa Heinrich), moths in 47 of 63 southern pine seed orchards. Male moths were caught in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, but not in Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas. The potential for attacks in 1982 appears to be moderate to high in about half of the orchards and is particularly high in North Carolina. This is the first demonstration of the value of pheromone-baited traps as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to coneworm control in southern pine seed orchards. These inexpensive traps provide a highly specific detection technique that can easily be used by trained seed orchard personnel, thus providing early warning to trigger preventative action.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Entomologist, Southeastern Area, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Asheville, North Carolina, and Pineville, Louisiana

Publication date: 1982-05-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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