Attraction of Female Cabbage Looper Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to Males in the Field

  • Peter J. Landolt


Live male cabbage looper moths, Trichoplusia ni (Hubner), used to bait traps in cotton fields, attracted conspecific males and females which were captured in the bucket traps. Females captured in traps baited with males included unmated individuals as well as mated ones, with up to 7 spermatophores in the bursa copulatrix. Cabbage looper moths arrived at cages of males in cotton primarily during the first three hours of the night, beginning at dusk.
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