Environmental Entomology (1990) 19, 26-31

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H.J. McAuslane, S.B. Vinson and H.J. Williams (1990)
Influence of host plant on mate location by the parasitoid Campoletis sonorensis (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae)
Environmental Entomology 19 (1), 26-31
Abstract: In wind tunnel flight tests, only 13% of male Campoletis sonorensis (Cameron) located a female in the absence of a cotton plant, whereas 63% of males located a female placed on a leaf of a cotton plant. Males flown to plants only in the wind tunnel zigzagged in the plume of the plant volatiles but landed infrequently. The increased mate location observed when females were located on a cotton plant was due partly to plant olfactory cues and partly to plant visual cues. Males located females 60% of the time when females were placed on plants and only 33% of the time when the plant was hidden from the male's view but plant volatiles were present. Male flight behavior is described and was distinctly different toward a female compared with a plant alone.
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Database assignments for author(s): S. Bradleigh Vinson, Heather J. McAuslane

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


Pest and/or beneficial records:

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


Chloridea virescens
Campoletis sonorensis (parasitoid) Chloridea virescens