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Agents for Biological Control of Novel Hosts: Assessing an Aleocharine Parasitoid of Dung-Breeding Files
E. Jane Wright, Petra Muller and John D. Kerr
Journal of Applied Ecology
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Aug., 1989), pp. 453-461
Published by: British Ecological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2404073
Page Count: 9
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(1) Host acceptance and suitability of a range of dipterous hosts of the predator/parasitoid Aleochara sp. (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae) were studied in South Africa to assess the likelihood of the parasitoid attacking the novel target pest Haematobia irritans exigua De Meijere, in Australia. (2) In laboratory experiments, first instar parasitoids were presented with puparia of Haematobia thirouxi potans (Bezzi) and other candidate host species in choice and nochoice tests. Parasitized puparia were reared to determine survival and parasitoid size. (3) Some species were not acceptable as hosts. The parasitoid larvae were apparently attracted to, but could not penetrate the puparium of Musca xanthomelas Wiedemann. They penetrated, but did not feed on, Musca sorbens Weidemann and died in the first instar. (4) The remaining hosts tested, Borborillus marginatus (Adams), Sepsis thoracica Robineau-Desvoidy, H. thirouxi potans, Musca domestica L. and Orthellia peronii (Robineau-Desvoidy), were penetrated and consumed, with resulting development to a range of parasitoid sizes and with variable survival rates. The relationship between a preference index and the log10 of host mass was quadratic, with preference relative to H. thirouxi potans increasing with increasing host mass up to 8 mg and decreasing thereafter. Parasitoid mass increased but survival decreased with increasing host mass. (5) From the size of field-collected Aleochara sp., the relationships determined in the laboratory, and the ecology and mass of H. irritans exigua in Australia, it is considered likely that Aleochara sp. would accept and develop successfully on the target species in Australia.
Journal of Applied Ecology © 1989 British Ecological Society