Start Date: May 13, 2013
End Date: Mar 31, 2014
During 2013, European lygus bugs will be collected in northern France and reared at the EBCL. Natural enemies (Peristenus spp.) will be isolated and shipped to the ARS Newark DE quarantine laboratory. A colony of P. digoneutis will be established at the NJDA New Jersey. Shipments will then be made to California, where these wasps will be released into alfalfa at commercial ranches in mid-summer. Collections will be made during the fall to identify the extent of parasitism. Collected lygus bug nymphs will be reared by cooperators at UC Santa Cruz. If continued funding is provided, additional releases will be made in 2014 at these strawberry ranches.