Spider predators of lepidopteran eggs in south Texas field crops

  title={Spider predators of lepidopteran eggs in south Texas field crops},
  author={R. S. Pfannenstiel},
  journal={Biological Control},
  • R. S. Pfannenstiel
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Biological Control
  • Observations were made of spiders attacking lepidopteran eggs in south Texas field crops (cotton, corn, and soybean) from 2001 to 2004. Twelve species of spider from seven families were observed feeding on the eggs during the 4 years. These spiders were primarily cursorial hunting spiders, and they were observed feeding on eggs most frequently in cotton, representing 26.6% of all observations in cotton over the 4 years. Spider predation on eggs was proportionally less frequent in corn and… CONTINUE READING
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