Nosema locustae is a microsporidium fungus that is used to kill grasshoppers, caterpillars, some corn borers and crickets.
Effects on grasshoppers
When consumed, N. locustae affects the digestive system of a grasshopper through a buildup in the gut, eventually killing it by creating lethargy and a lack of appetite;http://www.goodbug.com/nolobait.html it is also transferable from a deceased infected grasshopper that is consumed. In a study done at LinkÃ¶ping University using N. locustae and a central Ethiopian grasshopper species, 55% of the grasshoppers that were not inoculated reached adulthood, while only 19% of the ones that were inoculated did.
The spores are typically applied to a carrier, usually wheat bran, and can be spread through the use of a variety of devices. Typical application is one pound per acre, at a rate of 1 billion plus spores.http://www.goodbug.com/nolobait.html Category:Fungal pest control agents Category:Pest insects biological control agents Category:Microsporidia Category:Fungi described in 1953