Physical and chemical cues influencing the oviposition behaviour of Aphidius ervi

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Battaglia, D., Poppy, G. M., Powell, W., Romano, A., Tranfaglia, A. and Pennacchio, F. 2000. Physical and chemical cues influencing the oviposition behaviour of Aphidius ervi. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 94 (3), pp. 219-227.

AuthorsBattaglia, D., Poppy, G. M., Powell, W., Romano, A., Tranfaglia, A. and Pennacchio, F.
Abstract

The oviposition behaviour of the aphid parasitoid Aphidius ervi Haliday is influenced by both chemical and physical cues. Oviposition attack responses were elicited by paint pigments sealed into the tip of a glass capillary tube. Parasitoids reacted to yellow pigments with repeated oviposition attack responses, but they did not react to green pigments. The spectrum of reflected light from the yellow pigments was very similar to that from the `green' natural host Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris), with a high proportion of the total radiation energy being emitted in the yellow-orange wavebands (580-660 nm). Pea aphid cornicle secretion also elicited oviposition attack responses, which were not exclusively induced by its pale yellow-green colour. In fact, the oviposition attack response to capillary tips coated with cornicle secretion remained evident under red light conditions, which, in contrast, nearly completely suppressed the response to yellow pigments. Chemical compounds from cornicle secretion do not appear to be involved in parasitoid orientation, even though they stimulate intense oviposition attack responses. Olfactometer experiments showed that the putative kairomone involved acts only at very short range or on contact. Host exuviae, which also elicited strong and persistent oviposition reactions from A. ervi females, appear to be a good alternative source of ovipositional kairomone(s). This work confirms the existence of an aphid cuticular kairomone.

KeywordsEntomology
Year of Publication2000
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Journal citation94 (3), pp. 219-227
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1046/j.1570-7458.2000.00623.x
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Funder project or code436
ISSN00138703
0013-8703
PublisherWiley

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