Light Trapping in Seed Orchards Under a Pest Management System

Blacklight traps provide the seed orchard manager with a valuable tool for assessing insect populations that damage pine seed and cones. The identification, relative abundance, and biologies of insect species can be determined by operating only one light trap during the growing season. This information provides a basis for determining when controls are warranted and at what time they should be applied. Although the effect of using large numbers of light traps in a seed orchard has not been tested, such use might be valuable in depressing insect populations. If so, use of light traps might become useful as a control component in a pest management system for seed orchards. Additional keywords: Insects, pine.

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Author(s): Harry O. Yates, III

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1973

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