Females of the endophagous parasitoid Aphidius ervi Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) respond positively to the cornicle secretion of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris) (Homoptera: Aphididae). The parasitoid response has been assessed in a Petri dish choice test by presenting an aphid dummy consisting of a glass bead coated with cornicle secretion along with an untreated bead, which acted as a contro. Naive females responded similarly to the treated glass beads and aphids, while experienced females responded less to the treated beads than to aphids. The kairomonal activity of the cornicle secretion decreased as the wax dried. The behavioural response registered seems to be innate and not induced by associative learning.

Cornicle secretion of Acyrtosiphon pisum (Harris) (Homoptera, Aphididae) as a contact kairomone for the parasitoid Aphidius ervi Haliday (Hymenoptera, Braconida

BATTAGLIA, Donatella;PENNACCHIO, Francesco;TRANFAGLIA, Antonio
1993

Abstract

Females of the endophagous parasitoid Aphidius ervi Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) respond positively to the cornicle secretion of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris) (Homoptera: Aphididae). The parasitoid response has been assessed in a Petri dish choice test by presenting an aphid dummy consisting of a glass bead coated with cornicle secretion along with an untreated bead, which acted as a contro. Naive females responded similarly to the treated glass beads and aphids, while experienced females responded less to the treated beads than to aphids. The kairomonal activity of the cornicle secretion decreased as the wax dried. The behavioural response registered seems to be innate and not induced by associative learning.
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