Postemergence growth of the ovarian follicles of Aedes aegypti
Hagedorn, H. H.
Hagedorn, E. A.
In the eastern and central U.S., bean leaf beetle, Cerotoma trifurcata (Förster) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), is a pest of legume crops, on which adults chew holes in leaves, can destroy seedlings, and can injure pods (Smelser and Pedigo 1992a, J. Econ. Entomol. 85: 2408 - 2412; Smelser and Pedigo 1992b, J. Econ. Entomol. 85: 2399 - 2403; Koch et al. 2005, Crop Prot. 24: 734 - 742). The beetle is also a primary vector of bean pod mottle virus, which can further reduce yield and seed quality in soybeans (Giesler et al. 2002, Plant Dis. 86: 1280 - 1289). On the Delmarva Peninsula, snap beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus L.), and soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merr.), are each important crops, and relatively high populations of C. trifurcata occur. To better understand the potential intercrop movement of the beetle and its implications for pest management, we conducted beetle host plant preference experiments.
Flanagan, T. R.
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Growth of the ultimate follicle to the resting stage in Aedes aegypti is linear and reaches maximum development about 6Ohr after emergence. Decapitations and ligations at various times after emergence indicate that growth of the follicles is under the control of factors from the head and thorax. Release of head factor occurs within one day after emergence and is relatively sudden. The thoracic factor is released gradually over a 2 to 3 day period. Near normal growth of follicles in isolated abdomens after topical application of juvenile hormone (JH) indicates that the thoracic factor is JH from the corpora allata and demonstrates the feasibility of using this system as a JH assay. When ecdysone was injected simultaneously with JH the follicles failed to grow.