Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, ( ISI ), Volume (19), Year (2016-3) , Pages (275-280)

Title : ( Oviposition preference of aphidophagous hoverflies toward oviposition site quality: The presence of intra- and interspecific competitor, glucosinolate content, and prey species )

Authors: ALIREZA AMIRIJAMI , Hussein Sadeghi Namaghi , francis Gilbert , Gholamhossein Moravvej , Ahmad Asoodeh ,

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The selection of oviposition sites by aphidophagous insects is complex because of tritrophic interactions among host plant, aphid, and natural enemies. Several factors are known to affect the choice of oviposition site by aphidophagous hoverflies. The decisions of ovipositing females about where to lay their eggs are even more important in insects whose newly hatched offspring have limited dispersal ability, such as most aphidophages. In this study, we focused on the oviposition responses of two generalist aphidophagous syrphids (Eupeodes luniger and Episyrphus balteatus) toward host plant–aphid combinations differing in sinigrin content and the presence of intra- and interspecific competitors. The oviposition preference of Eupeodes luniger was significantly influenced in a reverse manner by the presence of intraguild competitors and also by the sinigrin content of host plants (P b 0.0001 for both factors). Likewise, the overall proportion of eggs laid by female Episyrphus balteatus was greater on aphids with relatively low levels of sinigrin. Our findings help in understanding the factors governing the oviposition responses of aphidophagous predators.

Keywords

, feeding specialization, aphidophagous, competition, tritrophic
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@article{paperid:1055579,
author = {AMIRIJAMI, ALIREZA and Sadeghi Namaghi, Hussein and Francis Gilbert and Moravvej, Gholamhossein and Asoodeh, Ahmad},
title = {Oviposition preference of aphidophagous hoverflies toward oviposition site quality: The presence of intra- and interspecific competitor, glucosinolate content, and prey species},
journal = {Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology},
year = {2016},
volume = {19},
month = {March},
issn = {1226-8615},
pages = {275--280},
numpages = {5},
keywords = {feeding specialization; aphidophagous; competition; tritrophic interaction},
}

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%T Oviposition preference of aphidophagous hoverflies toward oviposition site quality: The presence of intra- and interspecific competitor, glucosinolate content, and prey species
%A AMIRIJAMI, ALIREZA
%A Sadeghi Namaghi, Hussein
%A Francis Gilbert
%A Moravvej, Gholamhossein
%A Asoodeh, Ahmad
%J Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology
%@ 1226-8615
%D 2016

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