Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research
Title: Population responses of hymenopteran parasitoids to the emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in recently invaded areas in Michigan Authors
|Bauer, Lean -|
|Abell, Kristopher -|
|Van Driesche, Roy -|
Submitted to: Biocontrol
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: September 16, 2011
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Populations of various groups of beneficial insects attacking the invasive forest pest emerald ash borer (EAB) were surveyed in 2009 and 2010 in Michigan. Results from the two years of field surveys showed that several groups of parasitic wasps have become associated with EAB in Michigan. Among these parasitic insects, one introduced biocontrol agent was the most abundant, accounting for a majority of all parasitic wasps collected in 2009 and 2010. Separately, the abundance of native parasitic wasps increased and resulted in an increased parasitism rate of EAB larvae from 2009 to 2010. Besides parasitic wasps, woodpeckers consumed many EAB larvae present at our study sites while undetermined biotic factors such as microbial disease and host tree resistance caused significant mortality of the observed EAB larvae. These findings indicated that both introduced and native parasitic wasps along with woodpeckers may play an important role in reducing EAB population and ash tree mortality North America.
Technical Abstract: Populations of hymenopteran parasitoids associated with immature stages of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) were surveyed in 2009 and 2010 in the recently invaded areas in Michigan, where the two introduced EAB larval parasitoids, Tetrastichus planipennisi Yang and Spathius agrili Yang were released for classical biological control. Results from the two years of field surveys showed that several hymenopteran parasitoids have become associated with EAB in Michigan. Among these parasitoids, the gregarious species T. planipennisi was the most abundant, accounting for 93% of all parasitoid individuals collected in 2009 (immediately after field release) and 58% in 2010 (a year later after field releases); low levels (1–5%) of parasitism of EAB larvae by T. planipennisi were consistently detected in the survey sites in both years. Separately, the abundance of the native parasitoid Atanycolus spp. increased sharply, resulting in an average parasitism rate of EAB larvae from <0.5% in 2009 to 19% in 2010. Other parasitoids such as Phasgonophora sulcata Westwood, Spathius spp, Balcha indica Mani & Kaul, Eupelmus sp, and Eurytomus sp. were much less abundant than T. planipennisi and Atanycolus spp, and each caused less than 1% of the EAB parasitism. Besides hymenopteran parasitoids, woodpeckers consumed 32 – 42% of all the immature EAB stages present at our study sites while undetermined biotic factors (such as microbial disease and host tree resistance) caused 10–22% mortality of the observed EAB larvae. Findings of our study showed that both introduced and exotic hymenopteran parasitoids (along with woodpeckers and undetermined biotic factors) may contribute significantly to the reduction of EAB populations and ash mortality in the invaded areas of North America.