Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: July 1, 2007
Publication Date: July 15, 2007
Citation: Shapiro, J.P., Reitz, S.R., Shirk, P.D., Ferkovich, S.M. 2007. Nutrition for optimal predatory performance of adult female Orius insidiosus. Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Technical Abstract: Reproduction in a female predator, Orius insidiosus, is a nutritionally stringent process. Adult females acquire the nutrition needed for egg development from their prey, and rates of egg development are dependent on nutrients acquired in that life stage. When released as a biological control agent, the initial rates of prey seeking and consumption are critical. Using a variety of methods, we are discovering optimal nutritional conditions to achieve high rates of these behaviors.