Entomology, Department of
Effects of Food, Temperature, and Oviposition Site on Longevity and Fecundity of the Army Cutworm
Date of this Version
Journal of Economic Entomology 56:2 (April 1963), pp. 219–221.
Longevity of the army cutworm, Chorizagrotis auxiliaris (Grote), following mating was inversely related to temperature. Females lived longer than males at all temperatures, and food increased longevity of both sexes. Oviposition occurred at 70° and 55° but not at 32° F. None of the variables tested affected total fecundity but oviposition was completed sooner at 70° than at 55°, in sand as an oviposition site vs. paper toweling and by unfed than by fed moths. Starvation preceding oviposition did not affect fecundity but speeded completion of oviposition when moths were returned to favorable conditions.
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