Aggregation and mating success of Capnodis tenebrionis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)
Carmelo Peter Bonsignore, Theresa Melanie Jones
INSECT SCIENCE | WILEY | Published : 2014
An understanding of the relative importance of extrinsic and intrinsic factors in determining the potential distribution and mating success of individuals is critical for the successful monitoring and management of pest species. Using a combination of field observations and a caged field experiment, we explored the roles of environmental and individual variation on the formation of mating aggregations and mating success in the buprestid beetle Capnodis tenebrionis (Linnaeus, 1767), a pest species of stone fruit trees. Our field observations revealed that the formation of aggregations is influenced by a range of environmental factors including temperature, photoperiod, and population density...View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council
The authors are grateful to Lelio Lunetta for technical field assistance. Many thanks to Hally Harari for helpful suggestion. BCP received funding from Universita Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria. TMJ was funded by the Australian Research Council (DP0558265). All research in this study complies with Italian law.