Comparison of thread-cutting behaviour in three specialist predatory mites to cope with complex webs of Tetranychus spider mites

T. Shimoda, H. Kishimoto, J. Takabayashi, H. Amano, M. Dicke

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Abstract

Anti-predator defenses provided by complex webs of Tetranychus mites can severely impede the performance of generalist predatory mites, whereas this may not be true for specialist predatory mites. Although some specialist predatory mites have developed morphological protection to reduce the adverse effects of complex webs, little is known about their behavioral abilities to cope with the webs. In this study, we compared thread-cutting behavior of three specialist predatory mites, Phytoseiulus persimilis, Neoseiulus womersleyi and N. californicus, exhibited inside the complex web of T. urticae. No major difference was observed among them in the basic pattern of this behavior, using chelicerae and palps, and in the number of silken threads severed while moving inside the web. These results and observations suggest that each predator species cut many sticky silken threads to move inside the complex web without suffering from serious obstruction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-120
JournalExperimental and Applied Acarology
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • insect predator
  • natural enemies
  • phytoseiidae
  • acari
  • prey
  • thysanoptera
  • thripidae
  • success
  • stage

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