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1 June 2000 Foraging Resources of Adult Mexican Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Bell County, Texas
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Pollen analyses were used to determine pollen foraging resources of adult Mexican corn rootworms, Diabrotica virgifera zeae Krysan & Smith, captured near Temple, Bell County, TX, in 1996 and 1997. In 1996, adult Mexican corn rootworms were captured in a corn, Zea mays L., field. In 1997, nine locations outside of cornfields were added. Overall, 92% of the beetles (n = 1,323) contained pollen. More than 142,000 pollen grains were counted, representing 45 families, 63 genera, and 27 species. Overall, in 1996, noncorn grass pollen (70%) occurred in the greatest percentage of total pollen followed by corn (17%), then nongrass pollen (13%). In 1997, noncorn grass pollen (76%) had the greatest percentage, then nongrass (18%), and finally corn pollen (6%). Corn pollen was found in 34% of the beetles in 1996 and 26% in 1997. Fifteen Asteraceae taxa were encountered including sunflower, Helianthus annuus L. Thirteen Fabaceae were found including soybean, Glycine max L. Mexican corn rootworm adults foraged mainly on noncorn grass pollen, but also foraged on pollen from a large diversity of plant species, indicating that noncorn pollen may play a role in the food habits of Mexican corn rootworm adults.

G. D. Jones and J. R. Coppedge "Foraging Resources of Adult Mexican Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Bell County, Texas," Journal of Economic Entomology 93(3), 636-643, (1 June 2000). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493-93.3.636
Received: 26 July 1999; Accepted: 1 January 2000; Published: 1 June 2000
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