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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


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Caption for November/December 2011 Agricultural Research magazine article, "Coming to a Field Near You: Taped Insect Cadavers." Inside this plump wax moth cadaver are thousands of wiggly nematodes ready to serve as biocontrols against soil-dwelling crop pests. Wax moth larvae cadavers proved too fragile for the new carcass-taping method, however, so mealworms are used instead.

Caption for May 2002 Agricultural Research magazine article, "The Living Dead: What lurks inside these insect cadavers?" Inside one of these plump wax moth cadavers are thousands of wiggly nematodes, ready to serve as biocontrols against soil-dwelling crop pests. The cadavers can be placed in orchard or greenhouse soil, and the nematodes will emerge to protect crops from pests such as citrus root and black vine weevils.

Photo by Peggy Greb.


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