Australian Journal of Entomology (2003) 42, 124-130

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Marilyn Y. Steiner, Stephen Goodwin, Tony M. Wellham, Idris M. Barchia and Lorraine J. Spohr (2003)
Biological studies of the Australian predatory mite Typhlodromips montdorensis (Schicha) (Acari: Phytoseiidae), a potential biocontrol agent for western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)
Australian Journal of Entomology 42 (2), 124-130
Abstract: The biology of the Australian phytoseiid mite Typhlodromips montdorensis is described from material collected in Queensland and South Australia in 1994-1996. At 25°C, when fed on cumbungi (Typha sp.) pollen, the life cycle was completed in approximately 7 days, with an intrinsic rate of natural increase (rm) of 0.32. Female-male pairs produced a mean total of 52.7 eggs within 28 days of oviposition. Females that were deprived of males after first mating stopped laying eggs after 7-19 days; however, if another male was added, they resumed egg laying and produced, on average, a total of 49.4 eggs. The sex ratio was 2.24 females to one male. At 25°C, fecundity on a diet of thrips larvae (first-instar Frankliniella schultzei Trybom) was high, ranging from 2.72 to 3.58 eggs per day on the third day, depending on previous diet. Consumption rate of thrips was also high, with an average of 7.23-14.44 first-instar larvae eaten per day on the third day, depending again on previous diet and also on number of thrips larvae made available. The species was also observed to feed on: (i) broad mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks); (ii) tomato russet mite, Aculops lycopersici (Massee); and (iii) two-spotted mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch. No diapause was observed under conditions of 25°C, 8 h light and 10°C, 16 h dark. Eggs were sensitive to low humidity, with 50% failing to hatch below 70.8% relative humidity. This species is of interest as a candidate biological control agent for thrips, broad mite and tomato russet mite in protected crops.
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Database assignments for author(s): Marilyn Y. Steiner

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Tetranychus urticae
Aculops lycopersici
Frankliniella occidentalis
Frankliniella schultzei
Polyphagotarsonemus latus
Transeius montdorensis (predator) Tetranychus urticae
Transeius montdorensis (predator) Aculops lycopersici
Transeius montdorensis (predator) Frankliniella occidentalis
Transeius montdorensis (predator) Frankliniella schultzei Australia (NT+QLD)
Transeius montdorensis (predator) Polyphagotarsonemus latus Australia (South+SE)