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Parasitism of Aphis gossypii (Homoptera: Aphididae) by Binodoxys indicus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) at Varying Parasitoid-host Ratios

Singh, Rajendra; Upadhyay, Bhairaw Shanker

Entomologia Generalis Volume 24 Number 4 (2000), p. 271 - 276

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published: Jul 1, 2000

DOI: 10.1127/entom.gen/24/2000/271

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The objectives of this study are to examine the influence of different parasitoid host ratios [R] on the rate of parasitism [Np] and search rate [a] of the aphid parasitoid Binodoxys indicus (Subba Rao & Sharma 1958) on the host species Aphis gossypii Glover 1877. If 1, 2, 4, 8, or 12 female parasitoids [FF] were daily released per cage on 200 almost L3 nymphs of the host for 4 consecutive days, the number as well as the proportion of parasitised host individuals increased. The rate of multiplication, however, [Rm, defined as the contribution of individual FF when more than 1 F simultaneously exploited the host patch] as well as the the search rate [a] decreased with the increase of R. Different mathematical models are given to explain the relationship between Np, Rm, a with R. Various aspects of the behavior of the F which could give rise to interference effects are discussed. The data also furnished an insight into the number of parasitoids needed to regulate the estimated aphid population.


Binodoxys indicus (Subba Rao & Sharma 1958)Aphis gossypii Glover 1877density responsesearch ratenumerical responsehost-parasitoid interaction