Methyl salicylate is a field attractant for the goldeneyed lacewing, Chrysopa oculata

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The green lacewing, Chrysopa oculata Say, was significantly attracted to sticky cards baited with undiluted methyl salicylate (MeSA) in an unsprayed vineyard in Washington State. During the first three weeks of the five week experiment 5–8 times as many C. oculata were trapped on MeSA-baited as on unbaited or hexane-baited cards. Diluted (10%, 1%) MeSA-baited cards did not attract C. oculata . These results are discussed with respect to a hypothesis that only lacewings with carnivorous adults are attracted to MeSA.

Keywords: Chrysopa oculata; Methyl salicylate; attractant; biological control; green lacewings; herbivore-induced plant volatiles

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Entomology, Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser, Washington, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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