Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/8/2010
Publication Date: 7/27/2010
Citation: Peña, J.E., Capinera, J.L., Kendra, P.E., Thomas, M.E., Steck, G.J., Duncan, R., Barr, G., Mclean, S. 2010. The Complex of Scolytinae Inhabiting Persea borbonia and Persea americana in Florida: Possible Interactions with Other Species. Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Interpretive Summary: n
Technical Abstract: A diverse number of Scolytinae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) have been found inhabiting Persea borbonia and P. americana in Florida during 2009 and 2010. They include the exotic redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus, vector of Raffaelea lauricola, X. volvulus, X. ferrugineus, Xylosandrus crassiusculus, Euwallacea fornicatus and several species within the Platypodidae. Together with the ambrosia beetle and bark beetle fauna, a complex of predaceous and parasitoid fauna has been identified, i.e., Calliodis temnostethoides (Anthocoridae), Apenes spp., (Carabidae), Paratachys sp., Lamophleus sp. (Lamophloeidae), Euborellia annulipes (Dermaptera), Gowdeyana spp., (Stratiomyiidae) and several unidentified Hymenoptera. While the role of the predaceous and parasitoid fauna remains uncertain, the abundance of beneficial fauna calls for a better understanding of their interaction with the Scolytinae that inhabit both species of Persea.