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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417909/interactions-among-the-predatory-midge-aphidoletes-aphidimyza-diptera-cecidomyiidae-the-fungal-pathogen-metarhizium-brunneum-ascomycota-hypocreales-and-maize-infesting-aphids-in-greenhouse-mesocosms
#1
Ana Gorete Campos de Azevedo, Bernhardt Michael Steinwender, Jørgen Eilenberg, Lene Sigsgaard
The generalist entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium brunneum, has proved to have great potential as a versatile biological pest control agent. The gall midge Aphidoletes aphidimyza is a specialist predator that occurs naturally in Europe and has been successfully used for aphid suppression. However, the interaction between these two biological control organisms and how it may affect the biological control of aphids awaits further investigation. As part of the EU-supported project INBIOSOIL, this study was conducted in greenhouse conditions to assess the possible effects of combining both biological control agents...
April 12, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398264/factors-affecting-species-identifications-of-blow-fly-pupae-based-upon-chemical-profiles-and-multivariate-statistics
#2
William Kranz, Clinton Carroll, Darren A Dixon, John V Goodpaster, Christine J Picard
Alternative methods for the identification of species of blow fly pupae have been developed over the years that consist of the analyses of chemical profiles. However, the effect of biotic and abiotic factors that could influence the predictive manner for the tests have not been evaluated. The lipids of blowfly pupae (Cochliomyia macellaria, Lucilia cuprina, Lucilia sericata, and Phormia regina) were extracted in pentane, derivatized, and analyzed by total-vaporization solid phase microextraction gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (TV-SPME GC-MS)...
April 11, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398263/efficacy-of-ozone-against-phosphine-susceptible-and-resistant-strains-of-four-stored-product-insect-species
#3
Xinyi E, Bhadriraju Subramanyam, Beibei Li
The efficacy of ozone was evaluated against four economically-important stored-product insect species at 27.2 C and 20.4% r.h. Adults of phosphine-susceptible laboratory strains and phosphine-resistant field strains of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst), saw-toothed grain beetle, Oryzaephilus surinamensis (Linnaeus), maize weevil, Sitophilus zeamais Motschulsky, and rice weevil, Sitophilusoryzae (Linnaeus), were exposed in vials to an ozone concentration of 0.42 g/m³ (200 ppm) for 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 h with 0 and 10 g of wheat...
April 11, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375172/post-colonization-interval-estimates-using-multi-species-calliphoridae-larval-masses-and-spatially-distinct-temperature-data-sets-a-case-study
#4
Courtney R Weatherbee, Jennifer L Pechal, Trevor Stamper, M Eric Benbow
Common forensic entomology practice has been to collect the largest Diptera larvae from a scene and use published developmental data, with temperature data from the nearest weather station, to estimate larval development time and post-colonization intervals (PCIs). To evaluate the accuracy of PCI estimates among Calliphoridae species and spatially distinct temperature sources, larval communities and ambient air temperature were collected at replicate swine carcasses (N = 6) throughout decomposition. Expected accumulated degree hours (ADH) associated with Cochliomyia macellaria and Phormia regina third instars (presence and length) were calculated using published developmental data sets...
April 4, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375171/mass-release-of-trichogramma-evanescens-and-t-cacoeciae-can-reduce-damage-by-the-apple-codling-moth-cydia-pomonella-in-organic-orchards-under-pheromone-disruption
#5
Lene Sigsgaard, Annette Herz, Maren Korsgaard, Bernd Wührer
Cydia pomonella is a major pest in apples in Denmark. Trichogramma spp. are known biocontrol agents of C. pomonella eggs and two naturally occurring species in Denmark, which are also both commercially available, were chosen for mass-release trials. Trichogramma evanescens, T. cacoeciae or a mix of the two species were evaluated for mass-release to control C. pomonella in two commercial organic apple orchards, one in 2012 and one in 2013, using a complete randomized block design. Pheromone disruption was used in both orchards, making the study one of the first to evaluate Trichogramma release under a mating disruption regime...
April 4, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350353/insect-artifacts-are-more-than-just-altered-bloodstains
#6
REVIEW
David Rivers, Theresa Geiman
The bases for forensic entomology are that insects and their arthropod relatives can serve as evidence in criminal, medical and civil legal matters. However, some of the very same species that provide utility to legal investigations can also complicate crime scenes by distorting existing body fluid evidence (e.g., bloodstains, semen, saliva) and/or depositing artifacts derived from the insect alimentary canal at primary or secondary crime scenes. The insect contaminants are referred to as insect stains, artifacts, specks or spots, and are most commonly associated with human bloodstains...
March 28, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350352/discovering-the-giant-nest-architecture-of-grass-cutting-ants-atta-capiguara-hymenoptera-formicidae
#7
Luiz Carlos Forti, Ana Paula Protti de Andrade, Roberto da Silva Camargo, Nadia Caldato, Aldenise Alves Moreira
Atta capiguara is a grass-cutting ant species frequently found in Cerrado biome. However, little is known about the giant nest architecture of this ant. In this study, we investigated the architecture of three A. capiguara nests from a fragment of Cerrado in Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil. Casts were made of the nests by filling them with cement to permit better visualization of internal structures such as chambers and tunnels. After excavation, the depth and dimensions (length, width, and height) of the chambers were measured...
March 28, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350349/identification-of-conditions-for-successful-aphid-control-by-ladybirds-in-greenhouses
#8
REVIEW
Eric W Riddick
As part of my research on the mass production and augmentative release of ladybirds, I reviewed the primary research literature to test the prediction that ladybirds are effective aphid predators in greenhouses. Aphid population reduction exceeded 50% in most studies and ladybird release rates usually did not correlate with aphid reduction. The ratio of aphid reduction/release rate was slightly less for larvae than adults in some studies, suggesting that larvae were less effective (than adults) in suppressing aphids...
March 28, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338630/life-cycle-ecological-characteristics-and-control-of-trachys-yanoi-coleoptera-buprestidae-an-important-pest-of-zelkova-serrata
#9
Masashi Ohsawa
This study was conducted to elucidate the life cycle and the ecological characteristics of Trachys yanoi Y. Kurosawa, an important pest of Zelkova serrata (Thunb.) Makino. Life cycle, mortality rates in developmental stages, annual population dynamics, and early leaf abscission were investigated. Adults emerged from under the bark of Zelkova trees in April and fed on Zelkova leaves. Females laid 49 eggs on average, mainly in May and early June. Eggs hatched after 17 days, and the larvae fed inside the leaves...
March 24, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338605/comparing-species-composition-of-passive-trapping-of-adult-flies-with-larval-collections-from-the-body-during-scene-based-medicolegal-death-investigations
#10
Michelle R Sanford
Collection of insects at the scene is one of the most important aspects of forensic entomology and proper collection is one of the biggest challenges for any investigator. Adult flies are highly mobile and ubiquitous at scenes, yet their link to the body and the time of colonization (TOC) and post-mortem interval (PMI) estimates is not well established. Collection of adults is widely recommended for casework but has yet to be rigorously evaluated during medicolegal death investigations for its value to the investigation...
March 24, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333104/spectral-signatures-of-immature-lucilia-sericata-meigen-diptera-calliphoridae
#11
Jodie-A Warren, T D Pulindu Ratnasekera, David A Campbell, Gail S Anderson
Hyperspectral remote sensing is an innovative technology with applications in many sciences and is a non-destructive method that may offer more precise aging within development stages. Hyperspectral reflectance measurements from the anterior, midsection, and posterior of Lucilia sericata (Meigen) larvae and pupae were conducted daily from samples of the developing insects beginning at second instar. Only midsection measurements were conducted on second instar larvae due to their size, to ensure that the measurement was not of reflective surroundings...
March 23, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335403/comparison-of-faunal-scavenging-of-submerged-carrion-in-two-seasons-at-a-depth-of-170-m-in-the-strait-of-georgia-british-columbia
#12
Gail S Anderson, Lynne S Bell
The taphonomy of carcasses submerged in the ocean is little understood, yet it is extremely important ecologically and forensically. The objectives of this study were to determine the fate of pig carcasses as human proxies in the Strait of Georgia at 170 m in spring and fall. Using Ocean Networks Canada's Victoria Experimental Network Underseas (VENUS) observatory, two carcasses per season were placed under a cabled platform hosting a webcam and instruments measuring water chemistry. Two minutes of video were recorded every 15 min...
March 13, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287445/bee-an-object-oriented-agent-based-simulator-for-honey-bee-colonies
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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