Movement of Mexican rice borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) through the Texas rice belt.

Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Beaumont, TX 77713, USA.
Journal of Economic Entomology (Impact Factor: 1.6). 03/2007; 100(1):54-60. DOI: 10.1603/0022-0493(2007)100[54:MOMRBL]2.0.CO;2
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ABSTRACT Pheromone-baited traps were used to monitor the movement of the Mexican rice borer, Eoreuma loftini (Dyar) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), through the Texas rice belt from 2000 to 2005. Based on location of discovery in each county and year, the average rate of spread from 1980 to 2005 was 23 km/yr. From 2000 to 2005, the leading edge of the infestation has moved 16.5 km/yr toward Louisiana. The 1.8-fold increase (99% confidence interval) of the area occupied from 2000 to 2005 in the Texas rice belt indicates an expansion of the distribution of E. loftini. If movement continues to occur at similar rates, E. loftini will reach Louisiana by 2008.

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