Spatial mapping of adult corn earworm and European corn borer populations in New Jersey

K. E. Holmstrom, M. G. Hughes, S. D. Walker, W. L. Kline, J. Ingerson-Mahar

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In 1998, Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) and the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) at Rutgers University began a joint program to use global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) technologies to map the spatial distribution of corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea Boddie (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae)) and European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner (Lepidoptera:Pyralidae)). In 1999 the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Vegetable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program operated a network of 81 blacklight insect survey traps in New Jersey. These 15 W blacklight traps were used to monitor adult populations of vegetable crop pests including corn earworm and European corn borer. All blacklight trap sites were mapped using a hand held GPS unit. Average daily corn earworm and European corn borer population data were imported into a GIS software package, and then linked to corresponding mapped locations throughout New Jersey. State wide spatial distributions of adult corn earworm and European corn borer populations were produced weekly, and distributed via extension newsletters and web sites to augment the current RCE IPM outreach program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-109
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture


  • Blacklight trap
  • Economic threshold
  • Geographical information systems
  • Global positioning systems
  • Integrated pest management


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