volume 168, issue 3, P221-227 2020
DOI: 10.1111/eea.12882
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Jerome Niogret, Arni Ekayanti, Paul E. Kendra, Keith Ingram, Smilja Lambert, Nancy D. Epsky, Jean‐Philippe Marelli

Abstract: Insects ensure the survival of their offspring by depositing their eggs in suitable environments. Even generalist egg-laying insects often show preferences for specific host plants. The cocoa pod borer (CPB), Conopomorpha cramerella (Snellen) (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), successfully infests and reproduces on relatively few host plants, but has a major economic impact only on cocoa, Theobroma cacao L. (Malvaceae). Choice tests were performed in the laboratory to compare the frequency of insect visits, the d…

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