Submitted to: Entomology Society America Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 14, 2005
Publication Date: November 8, 2005
Citation: Jenkins, D.A., Goenaga, R.J. 2005. Survey of the root-feeding beetles Diaprepes abbreviatus and Phyllophaga vandinei on some tropical fruit trees in Puerto Rico. Entomology Society of America, Annual Meeting, page 106. Technical Abstract: Cone emergence traps were used to monitor the abundance of the root-feeding beetles Diaprepes abbreviatus and Phyllophaga vandinei in the soil surrounding young trees of sapodilla (Manilkara zapota), rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota), and lychee (Litchi chinensis) at various agroenvironments. Although pest control has focused on D. abbreviatus, P. vandinei has been found to be more common and appears to be a more detrimental pest for these species with importance to the emerging tropical exotic fruit industry in Puerto Rico. Ecology and behavior of these pests that is pertinent to their control is presented.