An Improved System for Mass-rearing Codling Moths

H. H. Toba, J. F. Howell


Various modifications were made to a system for mass-rearing the codling moth. Cydia pomonella (L.), on formulated diets and immature apples to improve production efficiency and to reduce exposure of workers to formaldehyde and moth scales. The modifications included: an improved oviposition cage, an oviposition cabinet, an apparatus to surface-sterilize eggs with formaldehyde fumes, a moth scale removal system in the adult collection room, and disposable adult eclosion containers. This system is suitable for research requiring large numbers of selected stages of the codling moth.

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