The_European_Corn_Borer

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The European Corn Borer Lepidoptera. Pyralidae. Ostrinia nubilali . By: Ted Kathrein Hillary Adams Dillon Moyer Ryan Mariouw Rob DiClemente
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Natural History Came to America in the early 1920’s Originally from Europe; more specifically Italy and Hungary Complete metamorphosis Eats corn
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Life Cycle Four stages of development, or ‘generations.’ Five ‘instars’ of larvae stage. During Fifth ‘instar’ they either enter ‘diapause’ or pupate. Through ‘diapause’ they can survive the winter.
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First discovered in Boston in a shipment of broom corn. Now found across the U.S. east of the Appalachian mountains. Higher concentrations of generations of insect the further south you go.
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Why an invasive species? Can survive winter and other extreme weather conditions Wide range of host plants Produce massive amounts of egg masses Few natural predators
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Unformatted text preview: Lots of Corn, little struggle for food sources. PROBLEMS! Costs over a billion dollars annually in lost crops. Hard to locate/remove them because they live in stalk of the plant. Cause ear molds and stalk rotting that compromises the structural integrity of the plant. Leads to infectious diseases of the corn. Pisses people off How to control these lilguys Early harvest Genetically modified hybrid plants Better plowing Chemical pesticides, Bacillus thuringiensis or BT Captain planet Weed control Release natural predators; lady bugs, wasps, bird types Raising awareness What to do?. ..Conclusion Continue to research controls Use sustainable practices in controlling this pest. Use less or non-chemical pesticides that do less harm to environment Or....
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