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Title: Characterization of substrate-borne vibrational signals of Euschistus servus (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae)

item LAMPSON, BRITTANY - Clemson University
item HAN, YOUNG - Clemson University
item KHALILIAN, AHMAD - Clemson University
item GREENE, JEREMY - Clemson University
item Mankin, Richard
item Foreman, Everett

Submitted to: American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/1/2010
Publication Date: 3/1/2010
Citation: Lampson, B., Han, Y., Khalilian, A., Greene, J., Mankin, R.W., Foreman, E.G. 2010. Characterization of substrate-borne vibrational signals of Euschistus servus (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science. 5:32-36.

Interpretive Summary: There are situations where pest insects are either difficult to see or trap. Scientists at Clemson University and USDA, ARS,Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, FL, collected and analyzed communication signals produced by stinkbug pests of cotton. Distinctive patterns of abdominal vibrations were detected that help distinguish these insects from background noises and other insects. These results may be helpful in development of new methods to identify pest insects in the presence of high background noise and other non-pest insects.

Technical Abstract: Substrate-borne vibrational signals were recorded from the brown stink bug Euschistus servus, revealing an assortment of “songs” in an acoustic repertoire. Females of E. servus emitted two distinct songs while males of E. servus emitted four distinct songs. Each of these songs was characterized by calculating temporal and spectral characteristics of the pulses and pulse trains of these songs. Results indicated that the repertoire of this species differs from that of other species in the same geographical location (southeastern United States) reported in previous literature.