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Predatory Potential of Geocoris spp. and Orius insidiosus on Fall Armyworm in Resistant and Susceptible Turf

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Predatory potential and performance of the predaceous heteropterans, Geocoris punctipes (Say), G. uliginosus (Say) (Geocoridae), and Orius insidiosus (Say) (Anthocoridae), were evaluated using fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith), as prey on different turfgrass taxa (resistant zoysiagrasses, ‘Cavalier’ and ‘Palisades’; moderately resistant Bermuda grass, ‘TifSport’; and susceptible seashore paspalum, ‘Sea Isle 1′) through laboratory and field studies. When background mortality was taken into account, in small arena trials in the laboratory, the greatest mortality by predators occurred on TifSport. The predator impact on TifSport by O. insidiosus was 92.6% above the mortality in the no-predator treatment on that grass. Predator induced mortality was rarely significant on the highly resistant zoysiagrass cultivar Cavalier because mortality, even in the absence of predators, was so high. Survival of larvae on TifSport Bermuda grass was significantly reduced by the addition of just two O. insidiosus per pot in laboratory pot trials. An increase in predator density to 4, 6, 8, or 10 further suppressed larval survival. O. insidiosus reduced larval survival on Sea Isle 1 at all densities. On Sea Isle 1, a density of two O. insidiosus resulted in >50% reduction in live fall armyworms compared with the no predator treatment in laboratory trials. However, addition of O. insidiosus did not significantly reduce survival of fall armyworm larvae on this cultivar in the field in the presence of alternative prey and predators. O. insidiosus densities of six or higher per 181.4 cm2 did significantly reduce larval survival on TifSport Bermuda grass by as much as 80% during a 5-d trial period in the field. Predator-induced mortality among all trials was most consistent on a grass of intermediate resistance, TifSport Bermuda grass.

Keywords: Geocoris punctipes; Geocoris uliginosus; Orius insidiosus; Spodoptera frugiperda; turfgrass

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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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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