The Effect Of Light On The Indian Meal Moth

The Effect Of Light On The Indian Meal Moth

Abstract

The purpose of this experiment was to analyze if different lightings, particularly of different colors and wavelengths have a direct impact on the increase and decrease in the population of P. Interpunctella that is typically found in stored grain products in warehouses. The fluorescent light colors of red, far red (red and blue), and white were used in environmental chambers under constant light. P. Interpunctella larvae, eggs, and adult mating pairs were placed in chambers for a given amount of time; censuses were obtained and recorded for analysis and comparisons. No significant results were observed from the three test groups, this indicates that there is no direct deleterious relationship between different qualities of constant light and the growth and development of P. Interpunctella.

Introduction

Plodia Interpunctella commonly referred to as the Indianmeal moth is a serious pest to stored grain that causes millions of dollar worth of damage to the agricultural industry in many countries in North America as well in Europe and Australia. A single female P. Interpunctella which has a typical life cycle of 6-8 weeks may lay anywhere from 100 to 300 eggs on food materials such as corn and within a couple of days newly hatched larvae will

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