The Insect pest survey bulletin


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The Insect pest survey bulletin
Physical Description:
v. : maps ; 26 cm.
United States -- Bureau of Entomology
United States -- Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine
Bureau of Entomology, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Place of Publication:
Washington, D.C.
Publication Date:
monthly, mar-nov. plus annual[1926-]
monthly, apr.-nov.[ former 1922-1925]
monthly, may-nov.[ former 1921]


Subjects / Keywords:
Insect pests -- Periodicals   ( lcsh )
Entomology -- Periodicals   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 1, no. 1 (May 1, 1921)-
Numbering Peculiarities:
Vol. 14, no.9 issued only as a supplement..
Issuing Body:
Vols. for May 1, 1921-1934, issued by the U.S. Bureau of Entomology; 1935- by the U.S. Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine.
General Note:
"A monthly review of entomological conditions throughout the United States" (varies slightly).
General Note:
Includes annual summary starting in 1926.
General Note:
Includes some supplements.

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University of Florida
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Dr. H. T. Fernald, 707 East Concord Avenue, Orlando

Mr. 1:.L S. Yeomans, State Board of _ntomology, Atlanta
Mr. C. H. Alden, State Board of Entomology, Cornelia
Mr. J. B. Gill, Bo- 572, Albany
Mrr. Theo. L. Bissell, State Experiment Station, Experiment

Dr. Claude Wakeland, University of Idaho, Moscow

Mr. W. P. Flint, State Natural History Survey, Urbana
Dr. T. H. Prison, State T-tural History Survey, Urbana
Dr. C. L. Metcalf, State Natural History Survey, Urbana

Prof. J. J. Davis, Purdue University, Lafayette

Dr. Carl J. Drake, Io',ra State College, Ames
Mr. H. E. Jaques, Iowvia Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant

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Dr. H. B. Hungerford, Unive:rsity of Kansas, Lawrence
Prof. H. R. lrrson, State Agricultural College, :.cnrLttan

Prof. W. A. Price, University of Ientuc'ry, Lexington

Dr. H. B. Peirson, State of paine Forest Service, Augusta

Dr. E. N. Cory, University of M!aryland, College Park

Mr. A. I. Bourne, Agricultural Experiment Station, Amherst

Prof. 1. H. Pettit, State College of Agriculture, East Lansing
Mr. Ray Hutson, State College of Agriculture, East Lansing

Prof. A. G. Puggles, University of :Minnesota, University Farm,
St. Paul

Mr. Clay Lyle, State Plant Board, State College

Dr. L. He-.seian, University of Missouri, Columbia

Dr. A. L. Strand, State College, Bozeman

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Dr. H. G. Ualker, Virginia Truck Experiment Station, Norfolk
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..e wish, at this time, to express, our thanizs to our collaborators
for the excellent cooperation they ,.:ve us last year in the collection of
hll_.-.,: c_ adults. We hope to cotitnuo this wor: durig-- the coming yCecr and
should appreciate receiving adults from all of our collaborators. We also
wish to call your attention to a mineographed publication (.-33!-) on the
periodical cicada. In this circular we hvve recorded -the 1ocalitios wheree
Broods X and XXII appeared in previous -years. We shold a ecite an data
on places of appearance this y':r.

Despite the very severe winter that prevailedd over most of the W:.,-.t
Belt, reports from Indiana, Ark.7ansas, and O'o indicate that the hessian
fly suffered but little mortalityo On the othe.. hand, the chinch bug in
L.diana suffered severe mortality, wvich ran from 49 to 9S percent in parts of
the State.

The corn ear worm wvs prevalent "during January in ext.e south-
eastern Texas.

The alfalfa weevil vas reported ,s prevalent in the San Francisco
Bay dCistrict of California, and 1-- tIe i,. dle o" Fcbruary parasitization by
Bathyplectes was running over 50 percent.,

One of the most im'portart sugarcane mites, T"-r son emus -cft i
IM.ichael, .1 s been found established on the eastern edgeC of the EverFlades in

Reports from Virginia indicate that te rosy a).e .ill be
more numerous than usual in the southern Appalachian orle-gro'.ng districts
this '-ar.

Several small infestations of California red scale continue in the
Phoenix area of Arizona and an -- icatio car.ign is under way.

The vegetable weevil was numerous enough in the Gulf region and
Georgia to attract considerable attention.

The banded cucumber beetle ""'::s reported to be attaching a number of
truck crops in Florida, Al-.bama, and California.

Reports from the South Atlantic and Gulf States indicate that the
boll evill has been less active during the late w-inter "Lan for many years,

During JaEnr-.-:' ry screw worm population "-as, in general, very low;
however, a minor outbreak occurred in U.%-,e C -unty, Tex., where rather
serious infestations were found on rec ly do c d shcep.


HESSIAN FLY (Phytophaga destructor Say)

Indiana. W. B. Noble (January 20): Apparently most of the late fall brood
succeeded in completing their growth and forming puparia. Volunteer
wheat taken from the field today showed only about 10 percent still in
the larval stage. These larvae were from half grown to mature and were
apparently still alive. (February 17): Dissection of puparia ta':en from
volunteer wheat in a field near La Fayette on February 8 showed practic-
ally no mortality, notwithstanding severe weather. Many of the larvae
they contain are now pupating in the greenhouse.

Missouri and Kansas. E. T. Jones (January): A survey early last NTovember
indicated that a moderate though potentially important infestation in
southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri had developed from second-
brood hessian flies over an area where infestation by the first brood
was comparatively light. The larvae wore from half grown to full grown
and later developed into second-generation apuparia.

Arkansas. Dwight Isely (February 29): For many years hessian fly was not
considered a problem in Arkansas because so little wheat was grown.
During the past few years, howevc', the wheat acreage has increased
considerably, owing to removal of other crops from the land. Much of
this wheat has been sown early for pasture. Practically all of the
early sown wheat in Washington County (in northwestern Arkansas) is
infested. In some fields 50 percent of the plants are dead and the
others are infested.

Okh.!?homa. F. A. Fenton (February 29): A few observations made last fall in-
dicated a heavier infestation than for many :-ears. The infestations are
apparently scattered, but occur in Garfield County in the heart of the
wheat belt of the State; however, we do not anticipate serious damage
in the State this year.

CHI.TCH BUG (Blissus leuco-)terus Say)

Indiana. C. Benton (February 18): A mortality of 49 percent, evidently
due to the severe winter, was observed in a total of 1,448 chinch bugs
present in 25 sainmples of bunch grasses taken in Tippecanoe County on
February 10 and. 1-. In two samples from exposed situations the mortality
was 9S percent.

Oklahoma. F. A. Fenton (February 29): The past winter has been marl:ed by
longer periods of colO ', .ether than 7,ny winter for some years. General
observations indicate that it lhas hadC no serious effect on the chinch
bug. Records taken by students show an average of 14 chinch bugs per
square foot on the college farm at Stillwvater, the range being from 20
to 267t these records -iere taUen in the most favorable type of hiber-
nating quarters that we could find, i. e., in a good bunch-grass vicinity

that had been in Sudan grass last summer. It is a-' parent that there
are lore chinch bugs in hibc-nr- tion than there were a ye.r aro.

CORNT EAR ORi.: (Heliothis obsoleta Fab.)

-Xa.s., T. C. Barber (January): The corn ear w.orm 7ias. frequently found in
corn in January in the vicinity of Bror'nsville, though it was not ob-
served on cotton during the month. The corn was planted late in the
fall for the winter crop. Larvae of all sizes are present and pupa-
tion is talking place in the inectary,


ALFALFA '..'VIL (Hy-oera *ostica >1.)

California. A. E. MIichelbacher (Febru ry 22): Larvae cndu adults could be
collected throughout the fall an 'i- inter in midle lowl-, Cali ornia.
They were most abundant in uhe San Francisco Bay area, where Ic Janu-
ary, 17 as high as 28 larvae were collected to 100 s'reeps of a net.
On the 2Lth of January the count juped to Q5 and on the 30th to 132.
On the 10th of Feb.rury the count rei-i".,edabout the same, but about
one-fourth of the larvae w'ere dead. tther t-is '-'as the result of
weather conditions or of a ungus has not yct been determined. In
the northwestern part of the San Joaquin ValleyI larvae and adults
were collected v;ith ease. On t-Ie 24th of J::..ary as high as 15
larvae and 15 adults were collected to 100 s'csps of a net. This is
the earliest I have tahen the w-eevil in this .- :. On the 17th of
January adults of the parasite Bath>: t'Les crculionis Thorns.
could be collected. Parasitization of the alialfa evil larvae,
however, was not high. In one field in the San Francisco Bay area
5 larvae out of 26 were found to be p, iti.ed. rlile in another
6 out of 34 were p-.: sitized. Adult p-..asitc -,er. _ntul, but on
the 24th of January only 37 alf-,lfa wcevil ot of 308 .'..:re para-
sitized, and on the 30th of January in one ficid 33 alfalfa weevil
larvae out of 213 were parasitized; in another, 13 out of 4l were para-
sitized; ad in a third field 25 larvae out of 63 -ere parasitized.
On the 10th of February 116 larvae out of 192 were parasitized, while
in a second field 40 out of 52 were parasitized. Up to the present
time some fields have consistently shown higher parasitization than
others. In all instances, however, the parasitization increased
rapidly as is indicated by the figures given above, The extent of
Sparasitization was obtained from rearing records--thit is, large alfalfa
weevil larvae were brought into the labors tory and the extent of
pal-asitization was determined on the number of alfalfa weevil cocoons
containing cocoons of the parasite. A surprising number of the
parasite cocoons are the dark-colored, over-intering form, and I
suppose months will elapse before adults 'ill emerge from them.
Overwintering cocoons obtained from alfalfa weevil larvae collected
during the latter pert of .Ia-Y 135 were placed on a window sill having


a northern exposure. Emergence started about the 10th of January,
has continued to be heavy, and is about completed.

CLOV2R LEAF 7I:JCVIL (Hyoera -ounctata Fab.)

California. J. C. Hamlin (February 4): Sam-)ples of larvae collected by
G-. G. Schv'eis near Sacramento were determined by A. G. Boving.

A. E. I'iichelbacher (February 2-24): The clover leaf weevil
"*!-s found generally throughout the alfalfa fields.

ALFALFA LCOPE (AutoRrrha californica Speyer)

Celifornia. A. E. lMichelbacher (Februpry 2".): In checl-:ing through alfalfa
fields during January and the first pert of February, I found the
larvae of the alfalfa semilooper quite com.icn. :r.n7 of them were para-
sitized by a tachinid.


SUGARCATj BOR3R (Di,':;raer saccharalis Fab.)

Louisiana. B. A. Osterborgor (Fecbruary 24): Larvae of the sugarcane
borer hibernating in cdry corn staJ.:s shlio an increase in mortality,
but among those in the stubble of volunteer corn a few live larvae
are found. The mortality from the cold is not so high as it was
last season.

SUGA:,CACK ROOTSTOCK W7EVIL (Anacentrinus subnudus Buchanan)

Louisiana. B. A. Osterberger (Fe bruary 24): Adults, larvae, and pupae
were found in about every variety of sugarcane examined. Injured root-
stocks ranged from 30 to 67 percent.

A '.ITE (Tarsonemus bancrofti Mlichael)

Florida. P. IT. Annand (January 29): Word has recently been received of
the discovery of T. bancrofti on sorgiuu hybrids and New Guinea canes
in four locations on the experimental plats rnintained by the United
States Depsrtment of Agriculture at Cc.ial Point, on the eastern edge
of the Everglades. An infestation w.s also found in an adjoining
field of commercial cane. Owing to the rather general occurrence
of the mite, it is feared that its eradication may prove to be



CODLING MOTH (Caroocapsa 'omionella L.)

Georgia. C. H. *Alden (February 19): The rint r carry-over of hibernzti.
larvwe of the codling roth is moderate at Cornelia'. Practically n:nu
have been killed by winter tempcnrturcs but sokie are dead from fungus.
Oregon. D. C. 1:0te (February 25): 3. G. Tho'.-pson reports that at the last
cxan.ination the larvae w-ere coming through in good condition.

ROSY APPLE APHID (Anuru. -is ro-eus Baker)

Virginia. W. J. Schoene (February 2U): Lcst fall returning migrants of the
rosy aphid were found in numbers on a-iplc foliage in m-any sections of
the State, and during the winter aphidc egEs have been observed to be
more numerous than usual. Accordingly, ;rowers are showing considerable
interest in the aphid spray. We expect this to be a rosy-aphid year.

SAN JOSE SCALE (Aspidiotus oerniciosus Comst.)

Georgia. 0. I. Snapp (January 2)): 7'-e San Jose scale is more abundant
than usual on p'%ch trees at Fort Valley. The percentage of living
sc-.le on unsprayed peach trees in Janua:-y vzs lower than that of anr. aver-
age year,which may be due to the unusually cold w.inter. Of 30,600
scale counted under the binoculars during the period January 14 to 24,
23,16g, or 75.7 percent, ''ere foundL to be alive.

C. H. Alden (February 19): Scale was very bad on peach and apple
at Cornelia in the fall, but sprayin and e:trer.el- severe winter
weather have greatly reduced the u:.b rs and. have prevented breeding.

Albba-a. J. M. Robinson (February 25): San. Jose scale is moderately
abu:dant on fruit treos at Auburn, Grand Pay, ara some other places in
the State.


PLUM CUTCULIO (Conotrachelus nJe. ir FTbst.)

Georgia. C. H. Alden (February 19): Plum curculio still in hibernation
at Cornelia.

PEACH BORER (Aoer a exitiosa Say)
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Alabaa. J. 1%. Robinson (February): The h tree brer .s moderately
abundant at Auburn, requiring treo r..nt.

GKE7Ti PEACH APHID (Myzus persicae Sulz.)

California. E. 0. Essig (February 26): Because of the mild winter, aphids
have survived, in considerable numbers in the San Francisco Bay area.
The green peach aphid has been abundant at Berkeley. Adults of the
black peach aphid (Aphis persicae-nirer Smith) have been noted on
peach trees that have held their leaves all winter.


RASPBERRY CALVE BORER (Oberea bimaculata Oliv.)

Utah. G. F. Xnowlton (January 10): The following letter was receiitly re-
ceived: "While pruning raspberries I noticed some of the newr canes
fell over. On examination, I found" in various canes, but principally
in the weaker ones, larvae rninj from about 3/16 to inch long.
The smaller ones were white, whereas the larger ones were dull white
with dark heads. The larvae entered anLd worked in the canes from 1
to S inches above the ground."


GUAPE LEA7HOPPER (Erythroneura comes Say)

California. S. Locc-rood (February 25): The grra- leafhopper was over-
wintering in considerable numbers in secUtions of the San Joaquin
Valley. Reports state that the excessive rainfall of the last 2 weeks
has apparently reduced the nueiers m,. :.edly.


OBSCURE SCALE (Chrysomphalus obscurus Comst.)

California. M. L. Jones (February 25): The foci of known infestations in
California are limited to Pacoima, Los Angeles County, ,nd the vicinity
of Flinn Springs, San Diego County. The infestation is found only on pecan


FROSTED SCALE (L-caniui oruinosurm Coq.)

California. H. J. Ryan (February 21): Infestations on English walnut trees
in the Por onz. district became so severe during the winter that about
250 acres of walnut orchards were sprayed 'rith oil in Janiary. This
scale has been well established for :..Pny years in southern California,
but this is the first record of any build-up to population requiring



PFRUIT FLIES (Anastrepha spp.)

Texas. P. A. Hoidale (January): All species of fruit flies found in the
Rio Grande Valley previously were trapped in increased numbers there
during January, The total for this month over December for Anastre-
p~ha ludens Loew jumped from 8 to 49; A. _e cnti:. Wied., from 43 to
76; A. fraterculus auct., frao 9 to 15; A. sp. "Y", from.7 to 30;
A. pallens Coq. from 48 to 5gO; and Toxotry,,panna curvicauda Gerst.,
from 11 to 26. Two specimens vhich have been listed as probably
neo'. species were also trapped. No larval infestations ,ere found
throughout the month.

MEALYBUGS (Pseudococcus sapp.)

California. H. J. ryan (February 21): OccasiocL- infestations of P. mari-
tirms Ehrh., and P, citri Risso still require liberations of the
ladybeetle C__rytolasms motrouzieri lulls. Control of 2. jahani
Green has been maintained. by the parasites CoC-2o ig urneyi
Compere and Tetrs.c-.Ers oretiosus Tiib.

A SCALE IiTSECT (Le-,idosa-hes halli Green)

California. 1. L. Jones (February 25): Surveys are in progress to estab-
lish the possible distribution of SIalll scale in the Chico district
of Butte County. To cate, all evidence indic-tes that it has not
spread from the United States Plant Introduction Garden. Eradication
of this scale during one season v..s attempted in the snprinn; of 1935-.
The only survivors found to date were four individuals on one tree.
The group containing this tree is isolated and has been given a very
drastic treatment. All stone-fruit trees leaving the station, about
3,600 in number, have been treated by vacuum funmi!aticn.

CALI01C7IA RED SCALE (Chryf7o:rnhalus aurantii Mask.)

Arizona. C. D. Lebert (February 24): Appro-::mately 10,000 citrus trees
are being fumigated in the Phoenix area. It is hoped that complete
eradication of this pest will be achieved.

GREEN CITRUS APHID (Afhis sniraecola Patch)

Florida. J. R. Watson (February 24): The first part of the winter was
very dry. Since then it has been cold and vwet. These conditions
were very unfavorable for the development of the citrus aphid, as there
was no food in the early part of the winter and it h's been too cold
for rapid development since. Aphids ,re at present about as scarce
rs I have ever seen them.


A FLOWER THRIPS (Frankliniel a- tritici californicus Moult.)

Arizona. C. D. Lebert (February 24): Thrips were observed in great
numbers on citrus at Castle Hot.Springs on January 9. Little foliage
injury was found but the citrus fruits, upon which'the thrips -had.
con-re2,to ing of the rinds, The thrips were also ob-served on'nearby truck
crops. This thrips has also been observed on citrus in the Phoenix
district but not in abundance. -

CITRUS RUST MITE (Phyllocoptes oleivorus Ashim.)

Florida. J. R. 'Tatson (February 24): Because of weather conditions,
citrus rust mites'have given very little-trouble this wiinter.

T R U C K CRO. P I I C S s

VEGETABLE W1EVIL (Listrodeeres obliquus Gyll.)

Georgia. T. L. Bissell (January 29): On lTovember 25, 26, and 27, 1935, a
survey was made in several middle-Georgia tov',ns for the vegetable
weevil. Larvae were found on turnip at Griffin, Orchard Hill, Milner,
and Barnesville, but none at Experiment. Larvae were collected at
14 of 24 properties visited. iTo serious injury was'observed. On
December 12 larvae were sent to me from Clarl2ston, De Kalb County,
on Chinese cabbage. (February 20): Vegetable weevil larvae, appar-
ently of the second and third instars, were found in turnip crowns
today near LUilner.

Alabama. J. M. Robinson (February 25).: The vegetable weevil has devel-
oped slovwly through the winter -lonths and some' individuals are
pupat ing.

l.Iississippi. C. Lyle (Februa'yj 24): The vegetable weevil has been res-
onsible for most of the insect coinplcints received. Reports have
been received from l4 properties in the vicinity of Booneville,
Kosciusko, Vicksburg, Lexington, Carthage, and Ethel.

Louisiana. B. A. Osterberger (February 29): Today larvae of the
vegetable reevil were received from Iota, Acadia Parish, where they
were attacking turnips.

California. S. Lockrood (February 25): The vegetable v-eevil was found
in home gardens and smell commercial plantings of vegetables in the
city of Santa B3-'barc County, and close environs. The annual survey
mrnJe December 1935 in the Santa Maria and Lompoc Volleys gave
negative results.


BAIIDED CUCUMBER BEETLE (Diabrotica balteata Lee.)

Florida. J. R. Watson (February 24): Several complaints of the belted
cucumber beetle on truce crops have been received. One grower in
Highlands County reported the complete destruction of 20 acres of
lima beans.

Alabrnma. J. M. Robinson (February 25): The banded bean beetles were
very active on fall greens up to :7ovomLcr lS .

California. R. E. Campbell (January 7): In several pea fields in Orange
County the belted cucumber beetle was numerous, though doing little

SPOTTED CUCUI.ZE: B=ETLE (Diabrotica dcuodecimpunctata Fab.)

Virginia. H. G. (February 29): T'clve-spotted cucumber beetles
were active and feedi- on plantain on February 26 ct Norfollk.

Geor-ia. T. L. Bissell (Febru:'ry 17): Beetles were found hibernating
under dead leaves enl. grass at Experiment between Janucry 14 and Febru-
ary 17.

CTT .....S (1ooctuidae)

Georgia. T. L. Bissell (February 12): Ar:.i,,-.:rms are rather plentiful,
hibernating in dead grass and leaves at Experiment. Between January
17 and, February 12, 26 larvae were tahen from 22 plots, each 1 yard

Tennessee. G. M. Bentley (February 2S): I have seen a number of differ-
ent species of noctuids in flight but do not lno',7 the species. These
moths were medium-sized and smaller individuals.

SOUTJ:-dT GIKEII STI::~UG (iTczra viridula L.)

Florida. F. S. Chamberlin (January): The southern green plant bug v-s
unusually abundant during the fall and is now found in semihibernation
in sheltered places.

Texas. F. L. Thomas (February 26): The southern green plant bug was ob-
served near Crystal City recently.

FALSE CHINC BUG (Nysius ericae Schill.)

Arizona. C. D. Lebert (February 24): Adult fase chinch bugs were first
noticed in considerable numbers on weed cover crops in several of the
citrus groves in the north Phoenix area.

GARDEN CENTIPEDE (Scutigerella immaculata Newp.)

California. S. Lockwood (February 25): The lowlands of the Sacramento
Valley have been inundated for several cleys. It is believed that if
the water is not pumped out too soon, the asparagus fields will be
rid, to a degree at least, of the garden centipede.

A. E. Michelbacher (February 24): In checking over some
infested fields in the delta areajof the Sacramento and San Joaquin
Rivers, I found a marked reduction of the pest in several places.


A CHIROIOMID (Spaniotoma sp.)

Ohio, J. N. Knull (January 15): Numerous tomato plants in a greenhouse
at Lancaster were infested with chironomid larvae, probably of the
genus Spaniotoma. The larvae entered the stems just above the ground
level and worked up into the living tissue. The injury caused the
young plants to break and wither,

OlNION THRIPS (Thrips tabaci Lind.)

Virginia. H. G. Walker (February 28): The onion thrips was found to be
seriously injuring young tornato and celery plants in a greenhouse at
Norfolk. Apparently the thrips had been breeding on cucumber vines
and when the old vines were removed and replaced with youn, tomato and
celery plants, large numbers of the thrips transferred their attention
to them an,. caused serious injury before their presence was-detected
and control measures were applied.

Texas. F. L. Thomas (February 26): Onion thrips are beginning to increase
in numbers in the Winter Garden district. The infestation is much
lighter than in 1935 at this time, averaging less than 5 per onion
plant on February 24.


BEAN LEAF BEETLE (Cerotoma trifurcata Forst.)

Virginia. H. G. Walker (February 2)): Large numbers of bean leaf beetles
were found hibernating under trash in an old bean field at Norfolk on
February 27.,

Georgia. T. L. Bissell (February 17): Beetles were found hibernating
beneath deal leaves and crass at ExDperiment between January 14 and Feb-
ruary 17.


PEA APHID (Illinoia pisi Kalt.)

California. A. 2. "Iichelbacher (February 24): The pea aphniL is quite
cornvon on alfalfa.

Georgia. T. L. Bissell (February 20): The ea aphid is scarce on Austrian
peas at 2xcrimcnt. This insect usually becomes abundant the first or
micele of May.

Califcrnia. R. E. C0mpbell (January 7): In several pea fields in Orange
County the pea aphids has gro .lr been increasing, until by the first
of the year it was nu-ercus enough to cause injury.


II'PORTD C.1A0_ 13 OEM (A_ -I. raoae L.)

Florida. F. S. Chambcrlin (January): The cabbage worm is mioderate]y abun-
clant on collards and cab-.age.

Mississippi. C. Lyle (Februairy 24): The L...orte cabbage vorm was observe'.
on turnips at State College during !Tovec-ibcr and Decerdfr, but was less
abundant than the cabbage looper.

Louisiana. B. A. Osterberger (February 24): DurinCg the entire winter
adults of the cab_--e butterfly have been noticed in fliPjt on warm
cays. Eggs and yorng stages could be founi. at any time d during the
wvrmer part of the winter.

CA:3A37 LOCiPT, ( Auto gra.sDI brassicae Ril.-")

Florida. J. R. 17atson (February 24): Tli ca';e looper ..a been less
troublesome than usual, owing to the cold ra iny weather.

Missisippi. C. Lyle (February 24-): The cabba-e looper was fairly abundant
on turnips at State College in November and December,

Texas. F. L. Thomas (Februr-y 26): The cabbage loopers are practically
absent from. the lover Rio Grande V. lley and from the Winter Garden

DIAOhD-BACX MOTH (Plutella maculipennis Curt.)

Florida. J. R. Watson (February 24): The di .Ti-r'-:-?- ,oth has been less
troublesome than usual, o'ing to the cold, rainy v eath.r.

Texas. F. L. Thomas (February 26): The diamond-back cabbage worm is
practically absent from the lower Rio Gror.e Valley an'. frcm the Winter
Garden region.


CABBAGE APHID (Brevicoryne brassicae L.)

Georgia. T. L. Bissell (February '20): Collards at Experiment are lightly
infested with aphids.

HARLEQUIN BUG (Murgantia histrionica Hahn)

Georgia. T. L. Bissell (February 17): M. histrionica 'ras found hibernating
under dead leaves and grass at Experiment between January 14 and
February 17.

Mississippi. D. W. Grimes (February 24): This pest was observed on tur-
nips at Kosciusko on February 13.

Texas. F. L. Thornas (February 26): The harlequin bug is abundant on old
plantings of turnips in the Winter Garden district.


TUTnlTIP APHID (Rho-palosiphum pseudobrassicae Davis)

Georgia. T. L. Bissell (February): The turnip aphid did considerable
damage to greens at Experiment in November.

Louisiana. B. A. Osteroer:er (February 24): The turnip aphid is moderately
abundant on turnips. The convergent ladybeetle (Hippodamia converrens
Guer.) is present.

Texas. F. L. Thomas (February 26): The turnip aiphid is abundant on old
plantings of turnips in the Winter Garden district.


SOU'TTEF2; A.i2Y'UOP.l (Prodeuia eridania Cram.)

Florida. J. R. Watson (F'ebruary 24): A heavy infestation of the semi-
tropical armyw:vorm occurred on celery in the Sarasota and Sanford districts.
The insect worked like a cutwoinn, go-.jirng out and ruining the stalks at
the base. The infestation has largely subsided, although a few indivi-
duals are still present.


SY'ZTPOTATC 'J.-VIL (Cylas formicarius Fab.)

Florida. F. S. Chamberlin (January): !During the year 19334 an outbreak of
the sweetpotato weevil occurred in the noL'thrn part of Gadsden County.
Eradication methods were employed for a short time. Reports noiv indicate
that the insect is booming well established within a snall area, and one
field of potatoes has been reported as a total loss because of it. This
pest represents a potential menace in this section, where sweetpotatoes
are among the important crops.



HOP APHID (Phorodon himuli Schr.)

Oregon. D. C. Mote (February 25): N. Larson reports live hop aphids
present after the freeze, which occurred on October 30 and continued
into the first few days of November with a minimum temperature at Cor-
vallis of Ic" F.

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STRA.ZBERRY ROOT APHID (A-ohis forbesi Weed)

Virginia. H. G. Walker (February 2S): Zggs of the strawberry root louse,
which are not nearly so abundant at 'orfoll: this as last, were
beginning to hatch on February 27.

COO1'011 RED SPIDER (Tetranychus telarius L.)

Virginia. H. G. Walker (Februrry 2S): `ed spiders are rather abundant in
many strav-berry fields on the Eastern Shore of Virginia a:d in the 17or-
folklc trucking area.

Oregon. D. C. Mote (February 25): I observeC the cormnon red spider mite
alive after the fre-ze of October 30.

PEFPR W73VIL (AnthonoLTus ,:u-:ii Cano)

Florida. J. R. <>atson (February 24L): The pepper weevil, which was found in
Manatee County last yeqr, has not been seen since August. Complete des-
truction of all the peoper fields during the sum-ner is undoubtedly res-
ponsible for this scarcity and possible elimination.


BOLL 1WEEVIL (Anthon{onmrs ;randis Boh.)

South Carolina. F. F. Bondy (January): No activity during January in the
w7eevil hibernation c.ges at Florence, the first time in years that no
weevils were seen in the cages in this month.

Alabama. J. M. Robinson (February 25): Boll weevils were moderately abun-
dant in the fields. They wore forced to go into hibernation without
food after the middle of 1Tove-iber.

Louisiana. 2. C. Gaines (January): A few weevils were active in the hiberna-
tion cages at Tallulahi until January 17, but there was no activity after
that date. No weevils were taken on the flight screens at Tallulah
during the month. This is the first time dLuring the 5 years the screens
have been in operation that no weevils were caught in January.


Texas. R. W. Moreland (January): Active weevils were observed in most of
the hibernation cages at College. Station on the warm days in Ja'nuary,
the largest number being seen on January 17, when the maximum tempera-
ture was 79 F.

K. P. Ewing and R. L. McGarr (January): At Port Lavaca wveevils were
breeding in fields of green cotton until the freezes on January 19 and
20. After that only one adult weevil vw .s observed in the field.

T. C. -Barber (January): Boll weevil larvae and adults abundant at



GROUND MEALYBUG (Rhizoecus terrestris :Tewis.)

California. E. 0. Essig (February 26): The ground mealybug has been
taken on the roots of lawn grasses and many kinds of annual and peren-
nial ornamental plants in the San Francisco Bay area aauring the fall
and winter. It does considerable to some plants and is diffi-
cult to control.

BIACK SCAL3 (Saissetia oleae Bern.)

Mississip)i. C. Lyle (February 24l): Specimens of this scale on poinsettias
were received from Sanatorium on January S.

EUOiIYif.TJS SCALE (Chionaspis euonymi Comst.)

Alabama. J. M. Robinson (February 25): Euonymus scale was generally active
on ornamental japonicas, particularly at Prattsville, Canoe, and
M1ontgomery during December.

DEODAR WEEVIL (Pissodes deodarae Ho,-:.)

Alabama. J. 1M1. Robinson (February 25): This beetle was attacking ornamen-
tal cedars at Uriah during 0 october.

A-L APHID (Forda olivacea Rohw.)

California. E. 0. Essig (February 26): This aphid has been abundant on the
roots of Bromus carinatus in the vicinity of Berkeley this winter, but
only apterous viviparous females are in evidence.


001,2'01 RED SPIDER (Tetranychus telarius L.)

Louisiana. B. A. Osterberger (February 24): The red spider is moderately
abundant on azalea plants and evergreen shrubs.

Mississippi. C. Lyle (February 24): An infestation of red spiders on cedar
was reported from Meridian on Februair 13.


AN APHID (Macrosiphum aucubae Bartholomew)

California. E. 0. Essig (February 26): Because of the mild winter, aphids
have survived in considerable numbers in the San Francisco Bay area.
The aucuba aphid has been abundant at Berkeley.


FERN SCALE (Hemichionasois asui' Sign.)

Alal-ma. J. M. Robinson (February 25): The fern scale was reported dLam-
aging the fronds of ferns at Foley early in January.


GLADIOLUS THIPS (Taeniothrips gladioli 1. & S.)

Florida. J. P. 7atson (February 214): Gladiolus thrips have been active
all winter but infestations are not heavy.


iHODODEi"011 I HITE2FLY (Dialeurodes chittendeni Laing)

Tennessee. G. MI. Bentley (Februar:r 29): In the latter part of December
we r.a!e a trip to Johnson City, '7hi.gton County, and looked over sec-
tions of Carter County, examining rhododendrons. We found a light
infestation of D. chittendeni p-assing the winter on the underside of
rhododendron leaves.


COTTOYf-CUSHICT SCALE (Icerya .'urchasi MIsk.)

Mississippi. C. Lyle (February 24): An infestation of cottony-cushion
scale on spirea was reported from Columbia on January 4. Ladybird
beetles were promptly colonized on the -ro'erty.





AITS (Formicidae)

District of Columbia. R. A. St. George (February 27): Several species of
household and lawn ants have been swarming in the basements of build-
ings in Washington. Specimens of Lasius sp. were received during the
wee: of February 24 amonei forms mistaken for termites.

Virginia. C. R. '.illey (February 27): A species of ant has been swarming
in houses in and around Riclmond for the past several weeks.

Mississippi. C. Lyle (February 24): Nunerous complaints of Splenopsis
xyloni McCook were received during the winter. A report from Vicks-
burg on February l4 stated that the ants had ruined articles of cloth-
ing, especially woolen blankets.

ALRG'IImIIT2 ANT (Irilom-rmcx hu.milis M!ayr)

Alabama. J. M. Robinson (February 25): The Argentine ant continues to be
a pest at many points over the State,

Mississippi. C. Lyle (February 24): ITu-ne-ous complaints of the Argentine
ant were received during the winter from towns where control campaigns
were not conducted last year. About February 1 a correspondent in
Hattiesburg reported that they were "yIaking life almost unbearable."

Missouri. J. C. Dawson (December 11): Ants determined as the Argentirnant
were collected on December 11, 1935, at University City, Saint Louis

Texas. R. Melvin (February): One infestation of the Argentine ant reported
at Dallas.

HOUSE CRICICT (Gryllus domesticus L.)

Alabama. J. 1. Robinson (February 25): Crickets have been reported
doing eamr-ge to household furnishings at Dothan during February,

BOXELDER BUG (Leptocoris trivittatus Say)

Utah. G. F. Knowlton (February 24): L numbers of boxelder bugs are
emerging; from hibernation and are running themselves upon south walls
of buildins on -arm afternoons at Salt Lalm and Logan. This pest
has caused some annoyance indoors during the past few weeks.


California. R. E. Campbell (January 23): After several *'rm, dry days,
adults are active and flying about at Alhambra.

TROPICAL "AT vIT2 (Li>onssus bacoti Hirst.)

California. D. B. Macki-e (February 25): This blood-sucking mite was
submitted to the Entomological Service of the De>_ .rtment of Agricul-
ture in Sacramento on January 16 with "he information that' it is
c-UiI considerable trouble in an apartment house. Typical dermatitis
was present on two members of the custodCianls family. Considerable
trouble also is experienced from rats. This is a second record for
Sacramiento. The previous one was made in 19.31. _.e only other State
record is one from San Diego in 1930.


SCREW WOPRS (Cochliom;'i?. spp.)
Florida. F. C. Bishop (February 27): The number of screw worm infesta-
tions in Florida frai Dixie, Gilchrist, Alac'hua, Putnna, and Flagler
Counties southward, 'ias decidedly lower during the reei ending Febru-
ary 15 than for an- other vc ;l perio. of the winter.

F. S. Chmaborlin (J'.u'ury): The screw worm is apparently
causing no injury to livestock- in Gadsden County.

Alabama. J. M. Robinson (February 25): The screw worm was rather scarce
over the State. until October, when it appeareO in a few scattered
counties in rather large numbers. it wes found as far north as Flor-
ence, Lauderdale County.

Texas. A. W. Lindquist (January): A minor outbreak of C. americana C. and
P. occurred in Uvalde County in January. The cause of most of the
trouble was docking sheep, elthou!h other types of wounds also became
infested. The weather apparently was ideal for screw worm attack,
being characterized by hot Jays above average and cool nights below
average. Most of the ranchren reported more or less screw worm trouble.
One man had 26 cases in 100 docked sheeo. Five collections from these
showed C. americana, and probably all cases were of this species. A
rEncXTun-i near Rio Frio reported that of 41 docked sheep, 25 were lost
because of screw worm attack. Some of the cases observed were very bad,
harboring from 1,000 to 2,000 C. americana larvae and many eggs. At
Sonora and 1.enard, about 150 miles north of Uvalde County and at a
considerably higher elevation, no screw worm cases were observed in,-y.


TERMITES (Reticulitermes spp.)

Virginia. C. R. Willey (February 27): Termites have been swarming in
houses in and around Richmond for the past several weeks.

District of Columbia. R. A. St. George (February 27): During the week of
February 24 ,many requests have been received. for information concerning
the control of the:subterranean termite, R. flavipes Kol., adults of
which have been swarming in numbers in households in Washington, D. C.,
and vicinity.

Michigan. E. I. McDaniel (Match 4): We have received our first report of
emergence of termites for the year. It came from Muskegon with a
statement that a basement was filled with the wings of termites on
March 1 and that this is the second season they have made their appear-

Georgia. T. L. Bissell (February 21): Termites have just begun to be
noticed in dwellings. On February 19 I had a call.fram Griffin, and
today I received an inquiry frncm Columbus.

Alabama. J. M. Robinson (February 25): Tenmites continue to worry property
owners all over the State. They were reported swarming as late as
November 5 in Mobile County.

Mississippi. C. Lyle (February 24): Numerous complaints of injury by R.
flavipes were received during the winter.

Louisiana. B. A. Osterberger (February 24): A few termites have been
noticed in flight from a steam-heated building in Baton Rouge.

Oklahoma and Texas. J. A. Beal (January): R. tibialis Bks. has done a
great deal of damage during the past summer to nurseries it Oklahoma
and Texas. This damage was peculiar in that it was not associated
vith buried wood or seedbed frames, but occurred on the roots of
seedling hardwood trees, in cultivated rows, often where the soil
appeared to be almost free fra rotting vegetation. Injury has been
most severe to green ash, mulberry, hackberry, and ioneylocust
seedlings, although almost no species showed irmmunity. In some nurseries
it is estimated that losses during the growing season ran as high as
25 percent.

Utah. G. F. Knowlton (February 17): Termites were found infesting timbers
in a basement in Salt Lake City.



A DRIJLSTID (TrogodCernma sp.)

Kansas. P. T. Cotton (Janusry): Although dermestid beetles have been
generally considered to be chiefly feeders on animal products, it has
been found that Tro'odermnna sp., probably T. versicolor Creutz., is one
of the iorst pests of stored seeds at iaiFnhattan. This species was also
found in a local tire-repair shop, where it was breeding in large
numbers in the compound used for vulcanizing tires.

F3A JIZ7VIL (Bruchus piso]r=m L.)

Ore.-on. D. C. Mote (February 25): B. G. Thompson reports that on January
27 he found considerable n,_ibers of 'c- weevils in hibernating quarters
near Athena, in Umatilla County. Of those collectecL and brought into
the laboratory,94.9 percent were alive.

A POWDER-POST B32TLE (L-ctus planicollis Leoc.)

Alabama. J. M. Robinson (February 25): In December the ponder-post beetle
was destroying hickory furniture in Bi'-i.i:'hm.

'ississippi. 0. Lyle (February 2.): Scecimens of this insect were talon
from a hardwood floor in Yazoo City on January 3. The floor had been
put clown only a few months before.

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62 09244 658'

A. H. Rosenfeld

Recent survey has revealed that Pyrausta nubilalis Hbn. is
generally distributed' over Lower Egypt, extending as far south as Giza
Province (near Cairo). Investigations lead to the conclusion that four
generations occur annually in Egyp)t. Examination of individual infested
cornstalks at Damietta and Alexancric revealed from 10 to 12 live larvae
per stalk. In a number of cases Sesamii' sp. and Chilo sp. were found
feeding in the same internode with the corn borer and at times their
galleries were joined. In Alexanc'ria complete infestations may be found and
30-percent infestation iscommon.

The degree of infestation by Polychrosis botrana Schiff. in the
vineyards around Amria (Lower Egypt) last season averaged about 12 percent,
whereas the maximum damage reached 30 percent.

In a recent survey the long-winged form of mole cricket (Gryllotalpa
gryllotalpa L.) was noted everywhere in small numbers, but the short-winged
form (G. gryllotalpa cophta Haan) seems to be by far the most common and
widely distributed type, especially in Lower Egypt (Alexandria, Port Said,
Suez, and Ismailia). G. africana Bdv. was seen more particularly in the
Fayum (Middle Egypt) and in some parts of Lower Egypt, such as Dessuk,
Fareslur, and Iit Gamr.


F. M. Vandenberg, of the Mayaguez, P. R., laboratory, reports that
in the investigations of the insects affecting corn recently undertaken
in Puerto Rico, the work of a dipterous r,,raot was observed in ears of green
corn. This maggot has been identified .s the young of a fly, Euxesta
stimnatias Loew. A closely allied species in this country is well known
as a scavenger. The Puerto Rican species, however, has been reared on
fresh green corn from egg to adult.

H. K. Plank sent in specimens of Cryptotermes cavifrons Bks. and
C. brevis ',all:., which were taken on Jainary 20 as they were flying
around lamps in a house at Layaguez, P. R. (Det. by T. E. Snyder.)