Parasitism interacts with mutual interference to limit foraging efficiency in larvae of Nephus includens (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

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dc.contributor.author Bayoumy, Mohamed H.
dc.contributor.author Michaud, J. P.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-10T20:00:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-10T20:00:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14019
dc.description.abstract Predator parasitism can modify predator–prey interactions through long-term (numerical) and short-term (functional response) impacts. However, mutual interference is another density-dependent factor that may affect predator foraging efficiency in the presence or absence of parasitism. This study examined the effects of parasitism of the invader Nephus includens (Kirsch) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) by Homalotylus flaminius Dalman (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), predator density, and prey density on the searching efficiency (a measure of area of discovery) using the cotton aphid, Aphis gossypii Glover (Hemiptera: Aphididae) as prey. Mutual interference reduced foraging efficiency by 47% in parasitized fourth-instar larvae compared to 44% in those unparasitized. Increasing predator density decreased searching efficiency more markedly in parasitized than in unparasitized larvae. The combined effects of parasitism and mutual interference reduced searching efficiency by 91%. Conversely, prey consumption by parasitized fourth-instar larvae increased with increasing prey density. Interference values declined from 0.98 to 0.82 with increasing prey density, indicating that the negative effect of parasitism on predator foraging diminished with increasing prey availability. Thus, these results support the inference of the ‘enemy release’ hypothesis, that invading predators may be more successful and have higher impacts on prey when they escape from parasitism. In the context of augmentation of N. includens against A. gossypii on guava in Egypt, releases of predator life stages immune to parasitism by H. flaminius (e.g., pupae or adults) in a suitable predator-prey ratio should minimize the negative effects of parasitism and intraspecific interference, and thus maximize efficiency of the predator against the pest. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1049964412000783 en_US
dc.subject Area of discovery en_US
dc.subject Functional response en_US
dc.subject Homalotylus flaminius en_US
dc.subject Intraspecific competition en_US
dc.subject Predation en_US
dc.subject Searching efficiency en_US
dc.title Parasitism interacts with mutual interference to limit foraging efficiency in larvae of Nephus includens (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2012.04.001 en_US
dc.citation.epage 126 en_US
dc.citation.issue 2 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Biological Control en_US
dc.citation.spage 120 en_US
dc.citation.volume 62 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jpmi en_US

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