Host Selection by Apanteles flavipes (Cameron) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): Influence of Host and Host Plant

Author: Inayatullah, C.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 76, Number 5, October 1983 , pp. 1086-1087(2)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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The frass produced by six different lepidopterous borer species fed separately on sugarcane, corn, sorghum, pearl millet, and Sorghum sudanense was tested to determine the influence of host and host plant on the host selection behavior of the braconid parasite Apanteles flavipes (Cameron) adapted to corn borers in Pakistan. Both the host and host plant play an important role in the host selection. The frass producedby Chilo partellus (Swinhoe),Sesamia inferens (Walker), and S. uniformis (Dudgeon) fed sorghum and corn was highly attractive;the frass produced by Emmalocera depressella (Swinhoe) fed on all the plants and the frass of C. partellus, C. infuscatellus Sn., and Acigona steniellus (Hamps.) fed on sugarcane was least attractive. Role of host and host plant in locating the host by this parasite, which may be critical in its possible establishment in new areas, should be considered when introducing this parasite.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1983

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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