Fall armyworm: Development and fecundity when reared as larvae on different meridic diets

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RE Lynch; KF Nwanze; BR Wiseman; WD Perkins

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Scholarly Article


Journal of Agricultural Entomology

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Abstract: Fall annywonn, Spodoptem fiugiperda (J. E. Smith), was reared on meridic diets containing pinto bean, peanut, peanut meal, soybean meal, bermudagrass pellets, and alfalfa pellets. Data were recorded on survival, weight of larvae at 10 days of age, days to pupation, weight of pupae, days to adult eclosion, sex, and fecundity. Pinto bean, bermudagrass pellets, alfalfa pellets, and peanut meal were suitable diets for laboratory production of the fall armywonn based on a host suitability index rating perfonnance from high to low host suitability (Lynch et al. 1981). Peanut and soybean meal were unsuitable as a diet ingredient due to low survival of larvae or low fecundity for adults.

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