Feeding responses of Euthyrhinchus floridanus (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to brown marmorated stinkbug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) adults and nymphs.
Euthyrhynchus floridanus used in this study was obtained from a laboratory colony established from nymphs and adults collected in a kudzu (Pueraria montana Lour (err.) variety lobata (Willd.); Fabaceae) patch in Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA (29.639686[degrees]N, 82.399092[degrees]W) during the summer-fall of 2014. The second to fifth in-stars and adult brown marmorated stinkbug used in the experiments were obtained from a colony obtained from the USDA-ARS laboratory colony located in Newark, New Jersey, USA, and held in the laboratory in clear plastic containers (23 cm width x 32 cm length x 10 cm height) with moistened paper, and bean pods and carrots. Growing conditions were set at 25 [+ or -] 3 [degrees]C, 16:8 h (L:D) photoperiod, and 50 to 60% RH.
Euthyrhynchus floridanus nymphs, and male and female adults were starved for 24 h before the experiment. Predators were placed individually in Petri dishes (14.6 cm x 2.5 cm) with a bean pod, Phaseolus vulgaris L. (Fabaceae), and moistened paper as food and moisture sources. Crumpled Kimwipes[R] (Kimberly-Clark, Roswell, Georgia, USA) were inserted in each dish to provide refugia for predators. One brown marmorated stinkbug nymphal instar or an adult was provided to 1 E. floridanus third nymphal instar, or a male or female adult predator. Control consisted of the same experimental set-up with only prey. The predator-prey studies incorporated a completely randomized design with 20 replications for predator prey interaction. After 24 h, the number of dead prey was recorded. Percent prey mortality data for each predator stage was analyzed using Fisher's Exact Test for Count Data (Fisher 1970). Mean prey mortality resulting from predation on developmental stage was analyzed as a 2-way factorial and compared using Tukey's multiple comparison test of means (Montgomery 2013). Means were considered statistically different at P < 0.05). Brown marmorated stinkbug mortality data were not adjusted because of low (< 5%) mortality in controls. These studies were conducted during 2015 and 2016. Predation rate of E. floridanus to brown marmorated stinkbug has not been reported previously in the literature.
These studies indicated that the feeding responses of E. floridanus male, female, and third nymphal instar to brown marmorated stinkbug generally were affected by the prey developmental stage (Tables 1 & 2). The percent mortality of brown marmorated stinkbug adults or nymphs due to E. floridanus male, female, or intermediate nymph differed significantly ([chi square] = 25; df = 7; P = 0.036584738). Females had a preference to feed on brown marmorated stinkbug second to fourth nymphal instar, whereas males did not show any difference in the feeding response to the brown marmorated stinkbug nymphal instar (Table 1). The E. floridanus female was more effective than males, showing higher prey mortality of brown marmorated stinkbug male or female (df = 3; P = 0.021). The feeding responses (30-40%) by E. floridanus third nymphal instar to brown marmorated stinkbug second to fourth nymphal instars were significantly different (df = 3; P< 0.05) than those obtained on the fifth nymphal instar (Table 2). Mortality of brown marmorated stinkbug nymphs ranged from 30 to 100% for E. floridanus females, and from 50 to 70% for E. floridanus males. Euthyrhynchus floridanus males were not able to feed on brown marmorated stinkbug females, probably due to the larger size of the female prey than the male predator. This was contrary to the female predators, which fed an average of 80% on female prey (Table 1). A possible explanation for the lower feeding response, in addition to the difference in size, may be related to the defense mechanism of larger prey sizes when attacked by a predator. Results indicated that E. floridanus, as an effective predator of the brown marmorated stinkbug, may complement other control strategies to reduce its population in infested regions.
The authors thank J. Howard Frank (University of Florida) and Phillip Lake (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) for reviewing the manuscript. We also thank the staff of FDACS-Division of Plant Industry's Biological Control Rearing Facility for providing the Lepidoptera caterpillars used to feed the predator colony. This research was partially funded by the USDA-APHIS-PPQ, FDACS-DPI, and Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico. Summary
The Florida predatory stink bug, Euthyrhynchus floridanus L. (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), is a generalist predator native to North America that feeds on a broad range of lepidopterous and heteropterous key pests in a great diversity of crops and non-crop situations. Feeding tests conducted in the laboratory to determine the most susceptible stage of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stal) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), to third nymphal instar, and male and female E. floridanus, indicated that this predator has great potential for biological control of H. halys nymphs and adult stages.
Key Words: Heteroptera; biological control; predator; agriculture pest
La chinche hedionda depredadora de Florida, Euthyrhynchus floridanus L. (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), es una generalista nativa de Norte America que se alimenta de un amplio rango de plagas importantes lepidopteros y heteropteros en una gran diversidad de cultivos y areas naturales. Pruebas de alimentacion en laboratorio para determinar el estado mas susceptible de la chinche hedionda marron marmoleada, Halyomorpha halys (Stal) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) al tercer estadio ninfal, y macho y hembra E. floridanus indicaron que este depredador tiene un gran potencial para control biologico de ninfas y adultos de H. halys.
Palabras Claves: Heteroptera; control biologico; depredador; plaga agricola
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Rubi Arellano (1), Julio Medal (2,*), Gregorio Arellano (3), and Juan Perez (1)
(1) Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Carretera Mexico-Texcoco, Km. 38.5, Texcoco de Mora 56230, Estado de Mexico, Mexico; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (R. A.); email@example.com (J. P.)
(2) Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Gainesville, Florida 32608, USA (former address); E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (J. M.)
(3) Colegio de Posgraduados, Carretera Mexico-Texcoco, Km. 36.5, Montecillo, Texcoco 56230, Estado de Mexico, Mexico; E-mail: email@example.com (G. A.)
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Table 1. Mortality (% [+ or -] SD) of brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys caused by Euthyrhynchus floridanus male and female. Predator gender Prey growth stage Prey mortality % ([+ or -] SD) Female Nymph second instar 80 [+ or -] 10 b Female Nymph third instar 80 [+ or -]8 b Female Nymph fourth instar 100 [+ or -] 0 a Female Nymph fifth instar 30 [+ or -] 10 d Male Nymph second instar 60 [+ or -]8 c Male Nymph third instar 60 [+ or -]6 c Male Nymph fourth instar 50 [+ or -] 10 c Male Nymph fifth instar 70 [+ or -] 10 bc Male Female prey Oe Female Female prey 80[+ or -]6 b Male Male prey 70[+ or -]4 c Female Male prey 90[+ or -]10 ab Means % followed by the same letter in the column for each treatment did not differ significantly (P [greater than or equal to] 0.05); 20 replications. Table 2. Mortality (% [+ or -] SD) of brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys nymphs caused by Euthyrhynchus floridanus third instar. Prey mortality Treatment % ([+ or -] SD) Predator nymph vs. prey nymph second instar 40[+ or -]10 ab Predator nymph vs. prey nymph third instar 30[+ or -]5 b Predator nymph vs. prey nymph fourth instar 40[+ or -]8 ab Predator nymph vs. prey nymph fifth instar 20[+ or -]4 c Means % followed by the same letter in the column for each treatment did not differ significantly (P [greater than or equal to] 0.05); 20 replications.
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