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1 August 2010 A Computer Model for Simulating Population Development of the Indianmeal Moth (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Stored Corn
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The Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), is a common pest of stored corn, Zea mays L. We developed a computer model to simulate population development of the Indianmeal moth in stored corn by using previously published data describing immature developmental times and survivorship, and adult longevity and fecundity. The model accurately simulated population development of Indianmeal moths in corn stored during fall and into winter of three separate storage seasons in South Carolina. This is the period when the Indianmeal moth is a pest in stored corn in South Carolina. The model predicted that populations would increase after winter as grain temperatures rose, but observed populations in the grain bins never increased after winter. Despite this, the model should be useful from a management perspective because the corn is being sold off or used up after winter, and the observed Indianmeal moth populations never reached damaging levels after winter.

James E. Throne and Richard T. Arbogast "A Computer Model for Simulating Population Development of the Indianmeal Moth (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Stored Corn," Journal of Economic Entomology 103(4), 1503-1507, (1 August 2010). https://doi.org/10.1603/EC09400
Received: 25 November 2009; Accepted: 1 April 2010; Published: 1 August 2010
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