Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/31/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: In order to make intelligent pest management decisions, cotton growers need to know which arthropod natural enemies are attacking the budworm/bollworm complex. Almost 3,000 predatory arthropods were collected from a 30 acre cotton field and subjected to an ELISA assay employing a monoclonal antibody to eggs of the budworm and bollworm. Eighteen percent of predators, which included a variety of insect and spider taxa, were positive for egg remains. These data will be combined with census data to determine the relative importance of each predator species in suppressing the budworm/bollworm complex.