The Central focus of this E-Magazine is to establish an understanding of the Diamondback Moth from a biological perspective. Understanding the moth’s success, biological weak points and necessities will provide a sufficient knowledge base to help the reader make management decisions that reduce what may have been unforeseen risk factors. We will also discuss its effects on agriculture, natural habitat, and our economy. We want to know if our management efforts combined with the exotic environment they live in have a significant enough effect to manage the moth to a sustainable level for the foreseeable future. This E-Magazine will delve into how agriculturalists are keeping their ‘peaking years’ to a minimum. We will also discuss how our climate is suited for them currently and if they will be affected by climate change.
Written By: Joseph ManesEditor: Kim White The diamondback moth goes through complete metamorphosis, meaning they have distinct egg, larval, pupal and adult life stages. This complete cycle from egg to adult varies and through each stage is dependent on the temperature. The average development time is between 21 – 51 days with the warmer southernContinue reading “Lifecycle of the Diamondback Moth”
Written by: Alex FlemingEdited by: Nathan Waatainen Parasitoids: The strongest natural defence mechanism (including the Diadegma Wasp) can’t keep up Management of pest populations (such as the Diamondback Moth) requires a multifaceted approach that typically will involve introducing or promoting a natural parasitoid to attack the pest of interest. A parasitoid is an organismContinue reading “How Does Nature Fight Back?!”
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