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Research Project: Enhancing Pollinator Health and Availability Through Conservation of Genetic Diversity and Development of Novel Management Tools and Strategies

Location: Insect Genetics and Biochemistry Research

Title: Energy consumption and cold hardiness of diapausing fall webworm pupae

Author
item ZHAO, LVQUAN - Nanjing Forestry University
item WANG, XINMEI - Nanjing Forestry University
item LIU, ZHENG - Nanjing Forestry University
item Torson, Alex

Submitted to: Insects
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/11/2022
Publication Date: 9/19/2022
Citation: Zhao, L., Wang, X., Liu, Z., Torson, A.S. 2022. Energy consumption and cold hardiness of diapausing fall webworm pupae. Insects. 13(9). Article 853.. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects13090853.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/insects13090853

Interpretive Summary: The fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea, a major invasive pest in China, overwinter in a dormant state, but seasonal changes in energy consumption and cold hardiness of dormant pupae are still unclear. In this study, we investigated seasonal variation of lipid, glycogen, and trehalose content accompanying changes in the freezing point of dormant pupae. We found that the energy consumption of dormant H. cunea pupae was dominated by lipid and carbohydrates early in dormancy and shifted to glycogen or other energy stores as dormancy progressed. We also found that an increase in pupal dormancy development time had a significant negative effect on the survival rate of pupae during dormancy and the post-dormancy adult fitness. This information is essential for the development of a theoretical foundation to better understand of the overwintering strategy of H. cunea and for improving forecasts of the population dynamics according to the thermal conditions in various years.

Technical Abstract: Diapause and cold hardiness are essential components of winter survival for most insects in temperate zones. The fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea, overwinters in a pupal diapause. In this study, we investigated the energy consumption and cold hardiness of diapausing pupae. We found that lipid content decreased from October to November and stabilized from November to March. Glycogen content decreased by 61.3% and 52.2% for female and male, respectively, from October to November and decreased slowly from November to March. We also observed a significant increase in trehalose concentrations as ambient temperatures decreased from October to November and a decrease in trehalose as temperatures increased again in March. We did not observe substantial changes in pupal supercooling points among the dates sampled. In addition, prolonged pupal development time reduced their survival rate and had no significant effect on post-diapause adult body mass and fecundity but reduced egg diameter in females. These results suggest that the energy consumption of H. cunea pupae during early diapause depends on lipid and glycogen, while it shifted to depend on glycogen or other energy stores in mid- and late diapause stages. Our results also suggest that the prolonged development time of diapausing pupae could have a negative effect on post-diapause fitness.