Location: Beneficial Insects Introduction Research
Project Number: 8010-22000-030-03-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 30, 2013
End Date: Sep 29, 2018
1) Identify parasitic wasps that are natural enemies of two Asian pests that recently invaded North America, brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and spotted wing drosophila (SWD). 2) Determine the host range (host specificity) in the native region of these natural enemies. 3) Provide specimens of these natural enemies for molecular characterization and taxonomic identification.
Field surveys will be conducted in Korea from May through September each year to locate and collect egg masses of BMSB and other species of stink bugs; field surveys in Korea will also be conducted for parasitoids that attack SWD and related drosophila flies by collecting fruit of known and potential host plants and by using fruit-baited traps. All collected material will be returned to the laboratory and held until emergence of any natural enemies; the specimens will be preserved for molecular and morphological identification. Cooperator will assist ARS PI when travelling in Korea to locate suitable field sites and engage in field collections to obtain live material for export to the U.S.