Attraction of Mocis latipes (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to Sweet Baits in Traps

Peter J. Landolt


Traps baited with solutions of molasses or jaggery (unrefined palm sugar) captured significant numbers of the moth Mocis latipes Guenee, indicating their attraction to these baits. Numbers of moths captured were affected by bait concentration and by bait age. Greatest moth captures were obtained with 20% molasses in water or 5, 10 or 20% jaggery in water. Molasses and jaggery baits aged in the laboratory for up to three days before field testing were more attractive than freshly-made baits to M. latipes moths. This is the first demonstration of M. latipes attraction to sugar-based baits.

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