Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (2001) 99, 205-210

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Nadir Erbilgin and Kenneth F. Raffa (2001)
Kairomonal range of generalist predators in specialized habitats: responses to multiple phloeophagous species emitting pheromones vs. host odors
Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 99 (2), 205-210
Abstract: We evaluated responses of the predominant predators of pheromone-producing bark beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) to chemical cues associated with other phloeophagous species that colonize the same trees. This study considered the range of chemical signals exploited by a category of predators that may be viewed either as specialists, because they feed almost exclusively within trees killed by bark beetles, or as generalists, because they feed on a diverse fauna of primary and secondary insects within this habitat. It also evaluated one aspect of a broader model of predator-prey coevolution, that proposes altered semiochemistry as a source of partial escape from predators that exploit kairomones. The predators, Thanasimus dubius (F.) (Coleoptera: Cleridae) and Platysoma cylindrica (Paykull) (Coleoptera: Histeridae), were attracted to cues associated with feeding on bark-phloem disks by two scolytids that produce adult pheromones, Ips pini (Say) and Ips grandicollis (Eichhoff). These predators were not attracted to beetles that feed on lower stems or roots and are not known to produce adult pheromones, Dendroctonus valens LeConte, Hylastes porculus Erickson (Coleoptera: Scolytidae), and Hylobius pales (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). The predator Tenebroides collaris (Sturm) (Coleoptera: Trogositidae) was attracted to I. pini and I. grandicollis, and also to D. valens, H. porculus, and H. pales. Ips pini was attracted to conspecifics only, but I. grandicollis was attracted both to its conspecifics and to volatiles associated with feeding lower stem and root insects. Lower stem and root insects were not or only weakly attracted to cues associated with their conspecifics. These results are consistent with a dynamic coevolved interaction between T. dubius and P. cylindrica and Ips spp.
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Database assignments for author(s): Nadir Erbilgin, Kenneth F. Raffa

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
pheromones/attractants/traps
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
environment/habitat manipulation


Pest and/or beneficial records:

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


Hylobius pales
Ips pini
Dendroctonus valens
Ips grandicollis
Hylastes porculus
Thanasimus dubius (predator) Ips pini
Thanasimus dubius (predator) Ips grandicollis
Platysoma cylindrica (predator) Ips pini
Platysoma cylindrica (predator) Ips grandicollis
Tenebroides collaris (predator) Hylobius pales
Tenebroides collaris (predator) Ips pini
Tenebroides collaris (predator) Dendroctonus valens
Tenebroides collaris (predator) Ips grandicollis
Tenebroides collaris (predator) Hylastes porculus