Environmental Entomology (2000) 29, 1236-1243

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James E. Throne, Megha N. Parajulee and Thomas W. Phillips (2000)
Computer model for simulating population dynamics of the predator Lyctocoris campestris (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae) in stored shelled corn
Environmental Entomology 29 (6), 1236-1243
Abstract: A computer model for simulating population dynamics of Lyctocoris campestris (F.), a predator of stored-product insects, was developed using data from the literature and newly collected data for adult longevity and fecundity. Immature development time and survival, adult longevity, fecundity, and cannibalism were simulated. The model was validated at ambient environmental conditions during three seasons in Wisconsin. The model accurately simulated development of the predator feeding on larvae of the Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), in the validation studies. The model will be useful in optimizing mass-rearing and augmentative releases of this predator for biological control of stored-product insect pests.
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Database assignments for author(s): James E. Throne, Thomas W. Phillips, Megha N. Parajulee

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
population dynamics/epizootiology

Pest and/or beneficial records:

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

Plodia interpunctella Stored grain U.S.A. (mid N)
Lyctocoris campestris (predator) Plodia interpunctella Stored grain U.S.A. (mid N)