The Optimal Choice of Trap Type for the Recently Spreading Jewel Beetle Pests Lamprodila festiva and Agrilus sinuatus (Coleoptera, Buprestidae)

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Matula, E., Bozsik, G., Muskovits, J., Ruszák, C., Jávorszky, L., Bonte, J., Paulin, M., Vuts, J., Fail, J., Tóth, Á., Egri, Á., Tóth, M. and Imrei, Z. 2023. The Optimal Choice of Trap Type for the Recently Spreading Jewel Beetle Pests Lamprodila festiva and Agrilus sinuatus (Coleoptera, Buprestidae). Insects. 14 (12), p. 961. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects14120961

AuthorsMatula, E., Bozsik, G., Muskovits, J., Ruszák, C., Jávorszky, L., Bonte, J., Paulin, M., Vuts, J., Fail, J., Tóth, Á., Egri, Á., Tóth, M. and Imrei, Z.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Two jewel beetle species native to Europe, the cypress jewel beetle, Lamprodila (Palmar, Ovalisia) festiva L. (Buprestidae, Coleoptera), and the sinuate pear tree borer, Agrilus sinuatus Olivier (Buprestidae, Coleoptera), are key pests of ornamental thuja and junipers and of orchard and ornamental rosaceous trees, respectively. Although chemical control measures are available, due to the beetles’ small size, agility, and cryptic lifestyle at the larval stage, efficient tools for their detection and monitoring are missing. Consequently, by the time emerging jewel beetle adults are noticed, the trees are typically significantly damaged.
METHODS: Thus, the aim of this study was to initiate the development of monitoring traps. Transparent, light green, and purple sticky sheets and multifunnel traps were compared in field experiments in Hungary.
RESULTS:
Light green and transparent sticky traps caught more L. festiva and A. sinuatus jewel beetles than non-sticky multifunnel traps, regardless of the larger size of the colored surface of the funnel traps.
CONCLUSIONS: Although light green sticky sheets turned out to be optimal for both species, using transparent sheets can reduce catches of non-target insects. The key to the effectiveness of sticky traps, despite their reduced suitability for quantitative comparisons, may lie in the behavioral responses of the beetles to the optical features of the traps.

KeywordsJewel beetle; Sticky trap; Invasive pest; Agrilus; Ovalisia; Lamprodila
Year of Publication2023
JournalInsects
Journal citation14 (12), p. 961
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/insects14120961
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeGrowing Health [ISP]
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online18 Dec 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted16 Dec 2023
PublisherMDPI
ISSN2075-4450

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