Journal article

Lifecycle of the invasive omnivore, Forficula auricularia, in Australian grain growing environments

Matthew Binns, Ary A Hoffmann, Maarten Helden, Thomas Heddle, Matthew P Hill, Sarina Macfadyen, Michael A Nash, Paul A Umina

Pest Management Science | JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The European earwig, Forficula auricularia (L.) (Dermaptera: Forficulidae), is regarded as an important beneficial in many orchard environments but has the potential to be a plant pest in other systems, including to grain crops. Due to its agricultural importance, the lifecycle of F. auricularia has been widely studied in North America and Europe. However, much less is known in the southern hemisphere, including Australia where F. auricularia has been present for over 170 years. RESULTS: To elucidate the lifecycle of F. auricularia, we monitored five sites in grain-growing areas of southern Australia using two different trap types. Adults were found year-round, but most prevalent..

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