Wednesday, 20 November 2002

This presentation is part of : Display Presentations, Subsection Fb. Urban Entomology

Field studies of mole cricket (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) flight and development on North Carolina golf courses

Peter T. Hertl and Rick L. Brandenburg. North Carolina State University, Department of Entomology, Box 7613, Raleigh, NC

Scapteriscus vicinus Scudder and S. borellii Giglio-Tos are two species of introduced mole crickets that cause considerable damage to managed turfgrass in NC. Flight behavior and development of both species was studied (1993-1998) on golf courses in the southeastern part of the state. Adult flight activity was monitored using acoustic calling traps. Hatch and development were monitored by making weekly collections of nymphs. Implications for modeling mole cricket development and improving management practices are discussed.

Species 1: Orthoptera Gryllotalpidae Scapteriscus vicinus (tawny mole cricket)
Species 2: Orthoptera Gryllotalpidae Scapteriscus borellii (southern mole cricket)
Keywords: flight, development

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