Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol ResearchTitle: An acoustic trap to survey and capture two Neoscapteriscus species
|RHODE, B - University Of Florida|
|ALLEN, P - University Of Florida|
|BENDA, N - University Of Florida|
|BRUN, A - Non ARS Employee|
|DALE, A - University Of Florida|
Submitted to: Florida Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/7/2019
Publication Date: 9/30/2019
Citation: Rhode, B., Allen, P., Benda, N., Brun, A., Mankin, R.W., Dale, A. 2019. An acoustic trap to survey and capture two Neoscapteriscus species. Florida Entomologist. 102(3):654-657. https://doi.org/10.1653/024.102.0316.
Interpretive Summary: Mole crickets cause significant economic damage to pastures in much of the southeastern US. Students and scientists at the University of Florida, engineers in private industry, and scientists at the USDA/ARS, Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, Florida, developed an inexpensive acoustic trap to detect two species of mole cricket pests and tested its activity in North Florida pastures. The trap performed well in relation to previously used acoustic traps and can be used to further study the biology, ecology, and distribution of invasive mole crickets.
Technical Abstract: There is an extensive history of mole cricket integrated pest management research in Florida, USA , much of which has incorporated acoustic trapping as a monitoring tool. The acoustic trap design described in this report provides a method for surveying multiple Neoscapteriscus mole cricket species relatively autonomously at low cost, which can facilitate future efforts to study the biology, ecology, and distribution of invasive mole crickets. In a broader context, however, there remains considerable need to reduce the costs and simplify the technology of these and other traps based on inexpensive microcontroller platforms--not only for Neoscapteriscus species, but also for other pests that mate using either acoustic or vibrational communication.