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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287445/bee-an-object-oriented-agent-based-simulator-for-honey-bee-colonies
#1
Matthew Betti, Josh LeClair, Lindi M Wahl, Mair Zamir
We present a model and associated simulation package (www.beeplusplus.ca) to capture the natural dynamics of a honey bee colony in a spatially-explicit landscape, with temporally-variable, weather-dependent parameters. The simulation tracks bees of different ages and castes, food stores within the colony, pollen and nectar sources and the spatial position of individual foragers outside the hive. We track explicitly the intake of pesticides in individual bees and their ability to metabolize these toxins, such that the impact of sub-lethal doses of pesticides can be explored...
March 10, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287438/isolating-spermathecae-and-determining-mating-status-of-drosophila-suzukii-a-protocol-for-tissue-dissection-and-its-applications
#2
Alina Avanesyan, Benjamin D Jaffe, Christelle Guédot
The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae), is an emerging invasive pest, which attacks a wide variety of fruits and berries. Although previous studies have focused on different aspects of D. suzukii reproductive biology, there are no protocols available for determining the mating status of D. suzukii females and drosophilids in general. In this study, a step-by-step protocol for tissue dissection, isolating spermathecae, and determining the mating status of females was developed specifically for D...
March 10, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282931/bee-community-of-commercial-potato-fields-in-michigan-and-bombus-impatiens-visitation-to-neonicotinoid-treated-potato-plants
#3
Amanda L Buchanan, Jason Gibbs, Lidia Komondy, Zsofia Szendrei
We conducted a bee survey in neonicotinoid-treated commercial potato fields using bowl and vane traps in the 2016 growing season. Traps were placed outside the fields, at the field edges, and 10 and 30 m into the fields. We collected 756 bees representing 58 species, with Lasioglossum spp. comprising 73% of all captured bees. We found seven Bombus spp., of which B. impatiens was the only known visitor of potato flowers in our region. The majority of the bees (68%) were collected at the field edges and in the field margins...
March 9, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272333/a-comparison-of-deformed-wing-virus-in-deformed-and-asymptomatic-honey-bees
#4
Laura E Brettell, Gideon J Mordecai, Declan C Schroeder, Ian M Jones, Jessica R da Silva, Marina Vicente-Rubiano, Stephen J Martin
Deformed wing virus (DWV) in association with Varroa destructor is currently attributed to being responsible for colony collapse in the western honey bee (Apis mellifera). The appearance of deformed individuals within an infested colony has long been associated with colony losses. However, it is unknown why only a fraction of DWV positive bees develop deformed wings. This study concerns two small studies comparing deformed and non-deformed bees. In Brazil, asymptomatic bees (no wing deformity) that had been parasitised by Varroa as pupae had higher DWV loads than non-parasitised bees...
March 7, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272326/feeding-deterrence-to-reticulitermes-speratus-kolbe-by-fibroporia-radiculosa-peck-parmasto-1968
#5
Nadia Nuraniya Kamaluddin, Shigeru Matsuyama, Akiko Nakagawa-Izumi
Brown rot fungus Fibroporia radiculosa (Peck) Parmasto grown in decayed wood and non-wood material, potato dextrose agar (PDA) media, deterred Reticulitermes speratus (Kolbe) feeding. Decayed wood and PDA media were extracted and tests were performed to assess termite feeding behavior towards the extracts. We found that the extract from PDA media also suppressed termite feeding, although it did not induce mortality. Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis, two bioactive compounds were detected from the decayed wood extract, and one was detected from the PDA extract...
March 6, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257058/comparison-of-rnai-sequences-in-insect-resistant-plants-to-expressed-sequences-of-a-beneficial-lady-beetle-a-closer-look-at-off-target-considerations
#6
Margaret L Allen
Sequences obtained from transcriptomes of the lady beetle Coleomegilla maculata were compared to those designed for incorporation into crops. Searches of the transcriptomes identified sequences as the most likely to be closely similar to the sequences described in RNAi plant incorporated products. Some proposed prime RNAi pest management targets were also used to identify predicted orthologs from C. maculata. The lady beetle sequences were aligned with sequences from corn rootworms and Colorado potato beetles and, as appropriate in the case of targets, regions of similarity were compared with the genetic model organism for beetles, Tribolium castaneum...
March 1, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264479/phylogenetic-relationships-among-whiteflies-in-the-bemisia-tabaci-gennadius-species-complex-from-major-cassava-growing-areas-in-kenya
#7
Duke M Manani, Elijah M Ateka, Steven R G Nyanjom, Laura M Boykin
Whiteflies, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) are major insect pests that affect many crops such as cassava, tomato, beans, cotton, cucurbits, potato, sweet potato, and ornamental crops. Bemisia tabaci transmits viral diseases, namely cassava mosaic and cassava brown streak diseases, which are the main constraints to cassava production, causing huge losses to many small-scale farmers. The aim of this work was to determine the phylogenetic relationships among Bemisia tabaci species in major cassava growing areas of Kenya...
February 28, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245642/flight-synchrony-among-the-major-moth-pests-of-cranberries-in-the-upper-midwest-usa
#8
Shawn A Steffan, Merritt E Singleton, Jayne Sojka, Elissa M Chasen, Annie E Deutsch, Juan E Zalapa, Christelle Guédot
The cranberry fruitworm (Acrobasis vaccinii Riley), sparganothis fruitworm (Sparganothis sulfureana Clemens), and blackheaded fireworm (Rhopobota naevana Hübner) are historically significant pests of cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon Aiton) in the Upper Midwest (Wisconsin), USA. Their respective natural histories are well documented but correlations between developmental benchmarks (e.g., larval eclosion) and degree-day accruals are not yet known. Treatment timings are critical to the optimization of any given control tactic, and degree-day accrual facilitates optimization by quantifying the developmental status of pest populations...
February 26, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218646/impact-of-consuming-toxic-monarch-caterpillars-on-adult-chinese-mantid-mass-gain-and-fecundity
#9
Jamie L Rafter, Liahna Gonda-King, Daniel Niesen, Navindra P Seeram, Chad M Rigsby, Evan L Preisser
Predators that feed on chemically-defended prey often experience non-lethal effects that result in learned avoidance of the prey species. Some predators are able to consume toxic prey without ill-effect. The Chinese mantid is able to consume cardenolide-containing monarch caterpillars without immediate adverse effects. Although they discard the caterpillars' gut contents, mantids consume sequestered cardenolides. Although consumption of these cardenolides does not elicit an acute response, there may be long-term costs associated with cardenolide consumption...
February 17, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218635/ecosystem-services-from-edible-insects-in-agricultural-systems-a-review
#10
REVIEW
Charlotte L R Payne, Joost Van Itterbeeck
Many of the most nutritionally and economically important edible insects are those that are harvested from existing agricultural systems. Current strategies of agricultural intensification focus predominantly on increasing crop yields, with no or little consideration of the repercussions this may have for the additional harvest and ecology of accompanying food insects. Yet such insects provide many valuable ecosystem services, and their sustainable management could be crucial to ensuring future food security...
February 17, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216580/impacts-of-dietary-phytochemicals-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-pesticides-on-longevity-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#11
Ling-Hsiu Liao, Wen-Yen Wu, May R Berenbaum
Because certain flavonols and phenolic acids are found in pollen and nectar of most angiosperms, they are routinely ingested by Apis mellifera, the western honey bee. The flavonol quercetin and the phenolic acid p-coumaric acid are known to upregulate detoxification enzymes in adult bees; their presence or absence in the diet may thus affect the toxicity of ingested pesticides. We conducted a series of longevity assays with one-day-old adult workers to test if dietary phytochemicals enhance longevity and pesticide tolerance...
February 14, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208639/biological-control-strategies-for-mosquito-vectors-of-arboviruses
#12
REVIEW
Yan-Jang S Huang, Stephen Higgs, Dana L Vanlandingham
Historically, biological control utilizes predatory species and pathogenic microorganisms to reduce the population of mosquitoes as disease vectors. This is particularly important for the control of mosquito-borne arboviruses, which normally do not have specific antiviral therapies available. Although development of resistance is likely, the advantages of biological control are that the resources used are typically biodegradable and ecologically friendly. Over the past decade, the advancement of molecular biology has enabled optimization by the manipulation of genetic materials associated with biological control agents...
February 10, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208761/cold-ambient-temperature-promotes-nosema-spp-intensity-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#13
Gina Retschnig, Geoffrey R Williams, Annette Schneeberger, Peter Neumann
Interactions between parasites and environmental factors have been implicated in the loss of managed Western honey bee (=HB, Apis mellifera) colonies. Although laboratory data suggest that cold temperature may limit the spread of Nosema ceranae, an invasive species and now ubiquitous endoparasite of Western HBs, the impact of weather conditions on the distribution of this microsporidian in the field is poorly understood. Here, we conducted a survey for Nosema spp. using 18 Swiss apiaries (four colonies per apiary) over a period of up to 18 months...
February 9, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208706/assessment-of-trichogramma-japonicum-and-t-chilonis-as-potential-biological-control-agents-of-yellow-stem-borer-in-rice
#14
Rui Tang, Dirk Babendreier, Feng Zhang, Min Kang, Kai Song, Mao-Lin Hou
Two species of Trichogramma wasps were assessed for their effectiveness against yellow stem borer Scirpophaga incertulas. A laboratory cage test with T. japonicum and T. chilonis showed that both species parasitized yellow stem borer egg masses at 60.0% ± 9.13% and 40.7% ± 7.11%, respectively, with egg parasitism rates of 15.8% ± 22.2% for T. japonicum and 2.8% ± 5.0% for T. chilonis. Once the host eggs were parasitized, emergence rates were high for both species (95.7% ± 0.12% for T. japonicum and 100% for T...
February 8, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208692/economic-impact-of-the-introduction-and-establishment-of-drosophila-suzukii-on-sweet-cherry-production-in-switzerland
#15
REVIEW
Dominique Mazzi, Esther Bravin, Manuela Meraner, Robert Finger, Stefan Kuske
First detected in Switzerland in 2011, the invasive Drosophila suzukii, spotted wing drosophila, has caused recurring costs for growers of berries and fruit. Recommended management approaches rely on a set of methods, tailored to suit crop requirements under the prevailing local conditions. Control of D. suzukii represents a substantial economic burden for growers, in terms of material, equipment, new infrastructure and extra labour. However, those growers who invest wisely to deliver unblemished produce are rewarded with high payoffs...
February 8, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178203/male-psyllids-differentially-learn-in-the-context-of-copulation
#16
Dara G Stockton, Xavier Martini, Lukasz L Stelinski
In the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, stimulatory cuticular hydrocarbons act as sex pheromone attractants. Male psyllids locate aggregations of females using those olfactory cues, as well as vibrational communication on the plant surface. Although previous research has indicated that learning plays a role in modulating female reproductive behaviors in psyllids, it is unknown whether males similarly use learning to increase the likelihood of copulatory success. We used an olfactometer-based bio-assay to study the effects of experience on male response to female odor...
February 7, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178183/enhanced-trapping-of-yellowjacket-wasps-hymenoptera-vespidae-via-spatial-partitioning-of-attractants
#17
Dangsheng Liang, Jose E Pietri
Several yellowjacket species are important pests in both their native habitat and in areas where they are invasive. Traps that contain one or more chemical attractants to lure insects inside are commonly used to combat these yellowjackets in urban environments. Usually, attractants are placed within the trap and combined indiscriminately, though little is known about how this design influences trap attractiveness or efficacy. Here, using the common attractant heptyl butyrate in combination with chicken extract, we demonstrate that spatial partitioning of attractants results in increased capture of the western yellowjacket Vespula pensylvanica-a widespread pestiferous species...
February 6, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178181/inside-honeybee-hives-impact-of-natural-propolis-on-the-ectoparasitic-mite-varroa-destructor-and-viruses
#18
Nora Drescher, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Peter Neumann, Orlando Yañez, Sara D Leonhardt
Social immunity is a key factor for honeybee health, including behavioral defense strategies such as the collective use of antimicrobial plant resins (propolis). While laboratory data repeatedly show significant propolis effects, field data are scarce, especially at the colony level. Here, we investigated whether propolis, as naturally deposited in the nests, can protect honeybees against ectoparasitic mites Varroa destructor and associated viruses, which are currently considered the most serious biological threat to European honeybee subspecies, Apis mellifera, globally...
February 6, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125068/potential-hybridization-between-two-invasive-termite-species-coptotermes-formosanus-and-c-gestroi-isoptera-rhinotermitidae-and-its-biological-and-economic-implications
#19
REVIEW
Nan-Yao Su, Thomas Chouvenc, Hou-Feng Li
The Asian subterranean termite, Coptotermes gestroi, is a tropical species but has increasingly been collected from the subtropics in recent years, making it sympatric to the Formosan subterranean termite, C. formosanus in at least three areas, Taiwan, Hawaii, and Florida. Simultaneous flights by these two species were observed since 2013 in South Florida, during which interspecies tandems were observed. Laboratory mating of C. formosanus and C. gestroi alates produced hybrid incipient colonies of larger population size...
January 25, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106715/seasonal-effects-on-the-population-morphology-and-reproductive-behavior-of-narnia-femorata-hemiptera-coreidae
#20
Lauren A Cirino, Christine W Miller
Many insects are influenced by the phenology of their host plants. In North Central Florida, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae) spends its entire life cycle living and feeding on Opuntia mesacantha ssp. lata. This cactus begins producing flower buds in April that lead to unripe green fruit in June that ripen into red fruit through December. Many morphological and behavioral characteristics of N. femorata are known to be affected by cactus phenology in a controlled laboratory setting, including the degree of sexual dimorphism and mating behavior...
January 17, 2017: Insects
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