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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738445/population-characteristics-of-macrocheles-glaber-acari-macrochelidae-and-stratiolaelaps-scimitus-acari-laelapidae-reared-on-a-mushroom-fly-coboldia-fuscipes-diptera-scatopsidae
#1
Mei-Fang Wen, Hsin Chi, Ying-Xiao Lian, Yu-Hao Zheng, Qing-Hai Fan, Min-Sheng You
Subterranean predatory mites are important biological control agents of pests in soil. In order to understand the population characteristics of two predatory mites, Macrocheles glaber Müller and Stratiolaelaps scimitus Womersley, we studied their development, survival and fecundity data under laboratory conditions using Coboldia fuscipes Meigen as food source and analyzed with the age-stage, two-sex life table. Macrocheles glaber had a significantly shorter developmental time, oviposition period, longevity and lower fecundity than those of S...
July 24, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737833/the-natural-history-of-oviposition-on-a-ginkgophyte-fruit-from-the-middle-jurassic-of-northeastern-china
#2
Qing-Min Meng, Conrad C Labandeira, Qiao-Ling Ding, Dong Ren
A distinctive pattern of oviposition lesions occurs on a ginkgoalean seed, Yimaia capituliformis, which likely was inflicted by a kalligrammatid lacewing with a long, sword-like, plant piercing ovipositor. This newly recorded oviposition type, DT272, occurs in the 165 million-year-old Jiulongshan Formation, of Middle Jurassic age, in Northeastern China. DT272 consists from three to seven, approximately equally spaced lesions with surrounding callus tissue whose fabricator targeted fleshy outer and inner tissues of a ginkgophyte fruit...
July 24, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731285/plant-infection-by-two-different-viruses-induce-contrasting-changes-of-vectors-fitness-and-behavior
#3
Quentin Chesnais, Aude Couty, Maryline Uzest, Véronique Brault, Arnaud Ameline
Insect-vectored plant viruses can induce changes in plant phenotypes, thus influencing plant-vector interactions in a way that may promote their dispersal according to their mode of transmission (i.e. circulative vs. non-circulative). This indirect vector manipulation requires host-virus-vector co-evolution and would thus be effective solely in very specific plant-virus-vector species associations. Some studies suggest this manipulation may depend on multiple factors relative to various intrinsic characteristics of vectors such as transmission efficiency...
July 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730723/do-assortative-mating-and-immigrant-inviability-help-maintain-population-genetic-structuring-of-an-herbivore-on-a-crop-and-a-wild-relative
#4
Ricardo Ramirez-Romero, Delia Garibay-Benítez, Ofelia Vargas-Ponce, Andrea Joyce, Julio S Bernal
Population genetic structuring is common among herbivorous insects and frequently is associated with divergent host plants, such as crops and their wild relatives. Previous studies showed population genetic structuring in corn leafhopper Dalbulus maidis in Mexico, such that the species consists of two sympatric, host plant-associated populations: an abundant and widespread "pestiferous" population on maize (Zea mays mays), and a small and localized "wild" population on perennial teosinte (Zea diploperennis), a maize wild relative with a limited distribution...
July 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730637/identification-and-functional-characterization-of-an-odorant-receptor-in-pea-aphid-acyrthosiphon-pisum
#5
Rui-Bin Zhang, Yang Liu, Shan-Chun Yan, Gui-Rong Wang
The sensitive olfactory system is necessary for survival of insects. Odorant receptors (ORs) are located on the dendrites of olfactory receptor neurons and play a critical role in odor detection. Insect ORs are functionally analyzed via heterologous expression in a Xenopus oocyte system using a two-electrode voltage-clamp (TEVC) electrophysiological recording. Here, we have identified a novel OR in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, then we cloned and named it ApisOR4. We analyzed the ApisOR4 tissue expression patterns and found expression only in antennae tissues...
July 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726267/day-length-constrains-the-time-budget-of-aphid-predators
#6
Jens Joschinski, Tim Kiess, Jochen Krauss
Phenology shifts and range expansions cause organisms to experience novel day length - temperature correlations. Depending on the temporal niche, organisms may benefit or suffer from changes in day length, thus potentially affecting phenological adaptation. We assessed the impact of day length changes on larvae of Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens) and Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer), both of which prey on aphids. Larvae of E. balteatus are night-active, whereas those of C. carnea appear to be crepuscular. We subjected both species in climate chambers to day lengths of 16 : 8 LD and, to circumvent diapause responses, 20 : 4 LD...
July 20, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714602/genome-wide%C3%A2-identification-and-characterization%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-hsp-gene-superfamily-in-whitefly-bemisia-tabaci-and-expression-profiling%C3%A2-analysis%C3%A2-under-temperature-stress
#7
Xin-Ru Wang, Chao Wang, Fei-Xue Ban, Dan-Tong Zhu, Shu-Sheng Liu, Xiao-Wei Wang
Heat shock proteins (Hsp) are essential molecular chaperones that play important roles in the stress stimulation of insects. Bemisia tabaci, a phloem feeder and invasive species, can cause extensive crop damage through direct feeding and transmission of plant viruses. Here we employed comprehensive genomics approaches to identity HSP superfamily members in Middle East Asia Minor 1 whitefly genome. In total, we identified 26 Hsp genes, including 3 Hsp90, 17 Hsp70, 1 Hsp60 and 5 sHSP (small heat shock protein, sHSP) genes...
July 17, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677320/whitefly-feeding-behavior-and-retention-of-a-foregut-borne-crinivirus-exposed-to-artificial-diets-with-different-ph-values
#8
Jaclyn S Zhou, Angel Y S Chen, Martin Drucker, Nicole H Lopez, Alyssa Carpenter, James C K Ng
Transmission of plant viruses by phytophagous hemipteran insects encompasses complex interactions underlying a continuum of processes involved in virus acquisition, retention and inoculation combined with vector feeding behavior. Here, we investigated the effects of dietary pH on whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) feeding behavior and release of Lettuce infectious yellows virus (LIYV) virions retained in the vector's foregut. Electrical penetration graph analysis revealed that variables associated with whitefly probing and ingestion did not differ significantly in pH (4, 7...
July 5, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675647/environmental-filtering-is-the-main-assembly-rule-of-ground-beetles-in-the-forest-and-its-edge-but-not-in-the-adjacent-grassland
#9
Tibor Magura, Gábor L Lövei
In a fragmented landscape, transitional zones between neighbouring habitats are common, and our understanding of community organisational forces across such habitats is important. Edge studies are numerous, but the majority of them utilise information on species richness and abundance. Abundance and taxonomic diversity, however, provide little information on the functioning and phylogeny of the co-existing species. Combining the evaluation of their functional and phylogenetic relationships, we aimed to assess whether ground beetle assemblages are deterministically or stochastically structured along grassland-forest gradients...
July 4, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657684/karmoisin-and-cardinal-ortholog-genes-participate-in-the-ommochrome-synthesis-of-nilaparvata-lugens-hemiptera-delphacidae
#10
Shu-Hua Liu, Ju Luo, Bao-Jun Yang, Ai-Ying Wang, Jian Tang
Ommochrome is the major source for eye coloration of all insect species so far examined. Phenoxazinone synthetase (PHS) has always been regarded as the terminal step enzyme for ommochrome formation, which is encoded by cardinal or karmoisin gene. Our previous study indicated that the karmoisin ortholog gene (Nl-karmoisin) product in the brown planthopper (BPH) was a monocarboxylate transporter, while not a PHS. Here, based on the full-length cDNA, the cardinal ortholog gene in BPH (Nl-cardinal) product was predicted to be a haem peroxidase rather than a PHS either...
June 28, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657138/mixed-species-aggregations-in-arthropods
#11
REVIEW
Julien Boulay, Cindy Aubernon, Graeme D Ruxton, Valéry Hédouin, Jean-Louis Deneubourg, Damien Charabidzé
This review offers the first synthesis of the research on mixed-species groupings of arthropods and highlights the behavioural and evolutionary questions raised by such behaviour. Mixed-species groups are commonly found in mammals and birds. Such groups are also observed in a large range of arthropod taxa independent of their level of sociality. Several examples are presented to highlight the mechanisms underlying such groupings, particularly the evidence for phylogenetic proximity between members that promotes cross-species recognition...
June 28, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636268/high-throughput-sequencing-reveals-drosophila-suzukii-responses-to-insecticides
#12
Ruchir Mishra, Joanna C Chiu, Gang Hua, Nilesh R Tawari, Michael J Adang, Ashfaq A Sial
Global climate change and acquired resistance to insecticides are threats to world food security. Drosophila suzukii, a devastating invasive pest in many parts of the world, causes substantial economic losses to fruit production industries, forcing farmers to apply broad-spectrum insecticides frequently. This could lead to the development of insecticide resistance. We determined the Lethal Concentration50 (median lethal concentration) values of zeta-cypermethrin, spinosad, and malathion insecticides against D...
June 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636152/dynamics-and-origin-of-cytokinins-involved-in-plant-manipulation-by-a-leaf-mining-insect
#13
Hui Zhang, Antoine Guiguet, Géraldine Dubreuil, Anna Kisiala, Peter Andreas, R J Neil Emery, Elisabeth Huguet, Mélanie Body, David Giron
Several herbivorous insects and plant-associated microorganisms control the phytohormonal balance, thus enabling them to successfully exploit the plant by inhibiting plant defences and withdrawing plant resources for their own benefit. The leaf-mining moth Phyllonorycter blancardella modifies the cytokinin (CK) profile of mined leaf-tissues, and the insect symbiotic bacteria Wolbachia is involved in the plant manipulation to the benefit of the insect host. To gain a deeper understanding into the possible origin and dynamics of CKs, we conducted an extensive characterization of CKs in larvae and in infected apple leaves...
June 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636085/herbivore-performance-and-plant-defense-after-sequential-attacks-by-inducing-and-suppressing-herbivores
#14
Elisa Faria de Oliveira, Angelo Pallini, Arne Janssen
It is well known that herbivore-induced plant defence alter host plant quality and can affect the behavior and performance of later arriving herbivores. Effects of sequential attacks by herbivores that either suppress or induce plant defenses are less well studied. We sequentially infested leaves of tomato plants with a strain of the phytophagous spider mite Tetranychus urticae that induces plant defenses and the closely related Tetranychus evansi, which suppresses plant defenses. Plant quality was quantified through oviposition of both spider mite species and by measuring proteinase inhibitor activity using plant material that had been sequentially attacked by both herbivore species...
June 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631879/context-dependent-effects-of-cold-stress-on-behavioral-physiological-and-life-history-traits-of-the-red-flour-beetle
#15
Inon Scharf, Keren-Or Wertheimer, Joy Lim Xin, Tomer Gilad, Inna Goldenberg, Aziz Subach
Animals are exposed in nature to a variety of stressors. While stress is generally harmful, mild stress can also be beneficial and contribute to reproduction and survival. We studied the effect of five cold shock events vs. a single cold shock and a control group, representing three levels of stress (harsh, mild, and no stress), on behavioral, physiological, and life-history traits of the red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum, Herbst 1797). Beetles exposed to harsh cold stress were less active than a control group: they moved less and failed more frequently to detect a food patch...
June 20, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621508/avoidance-of-parasitized-host-by-female-wasps-of-aphidius-gifuensis-hymenoptera-braconidae-the-role-of-natal-rearing-effects-and-host-availability
#16
Ming-Zhen Pan, Tong-Xian Liu, Christian Nansen
Natal rearing experience of animals may affect their behaviors, such as, habitat selection and oviposition decision. As part of the overall fitness of insect parasitoids, successful host discrimination (distinguishing parasitized hosts from unparasitized hosts) is of paramount importance. In this study we examined whether and how parasitoids' natal rearing experience would affect their host discrimination ability according to host availability. We established separate colonies of Aphidius gifuensis Ashmead by continually reared on two hosts, Sitobion avenae F...
June 16, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620988/when-do-predatory-mites-phytoseiidae-attack-understanding-their-diel-and-seasonal-predation-patterns
#17
Consuelo Pérez-Sayas, Ernestina Aguilar-Fenollosa, Mónica A Hurtado, Josep A Jaques, Tatiana Pina
Predatory mites of the Phytoseiidae family are considered one of the most important groups of natural enemies used in biological control. The behavioral patterns of arthropods can differ greatly daily and seasonally; however, there is a lack of literature related to Phytoseiidae diel and seasonal predation patterns. The predatory activity of three phytoseiid species (two Tetranychidae-specialists, Phytoseiulus persimilis and Neoseiulus californicus, and one omnivore, Euseius stipulatus) that occur naturally in Spanish citrus orchards was observed under laboratory conditions in winter and summer...
June 16, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618194/sexual-dimorphism-in-the-alpine-butterflies-boloria-pales-and-boloria-napaea-differences-in-movement-and-foraging-behaviour-lepidoptera-nymphalidae
#18
Stefan Ehl, Katharina Hostert, Jana Korsch, Patrick Gros, Thomas Schmitt
Sexual dimorphism is a widespread phenomenon in Lepidoptera. It is reflected in differences in life history, behaviour and morphology. Analyses of differences in behaviour are mostly difficult and time-consuming, especially in high mountain ecosystems. To enhance our knowledge on sexual dimorphisms of alpine butterflies, we performed a mark-release-recapture study on two species common in the Alps: Boloria pales and Boloria napaea. We analysed movement and foraging behaviour to investigate differences between sexes...
June 15, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618174/intraspecific-maternal-competition-induces-summer-diapause-in-insect-parasitoids
#19
Kevin Tougeron, George Hraoui, Cécile Le Lann, Joan van Baaren, Jacques Brodeur
Organisms often live in unpredictable environments and have to adopt life history strategies that optimize their fitness under these conditions. According to bet-hedging theory, individuals can reduce variation in fitness outcomes by investing in different strategies at the same time. For arthropods, facultative summer diapause enables survival during dry and hot periods of the year, and can be triggered by a decrease in resource abundance. However, the effect of resource depletion on diapause induction has never been disentangled from the effect of the perception of the presence of competitors...
June 15, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608995/differences-in-egg-hatching-time-between-cyclical-and-obligate-parthenogenetic-lineages-of-aphids
#20
Charles-Antoine Dedryver, Joël Bonhomme, Jean-François Le Gallic, Jean-Christophe Simon
Many aphid species exhibit a variation in reproductive mode which is influenced by winter climate regimes, with cyclical parthenogenetic (CP) lines dominating in cold winter areas (because they produce cold-resistant eggs) and obligate parthenogenetic (OP) ones in mild winter regions (because of their parthenogenetic overwintering). Genetic studies on several aphid species have shown that the OP trait can be transmitted during sexual events involving the two types of lines. This genetic system could be considered as a local safeguarding mechanism for OP alleles in case severe frost would have killed all parthenogenetically overwintering individuals...
June 13, 2017: Insect Science
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