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Response of Male Tarnished Plant Bugs to Traps Baited with Different Numbers of Virgin Females

W. P. Scott and G. L. Snodgrass


The response of adult tarnished plant bugs, Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois), to sticky traps baited with 1, 5, or 10 virgin adult females was studied in a weedy field near Indianola, MS during June 1997. Capture of male tarnished plant bugs increased significantly as the number of females used as bait in the traps was increased. These results show that the use of a synthetic female pheromone (once the female pheromone is identified) to capture males at pheromone concentrations higher than that produced by a single female is possible. A white non-UV reflecting sticky cardboard panel used to capture plant bugs was found to be very attractive to plant bugs.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 1190 - 1191
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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