Karen M . Kester

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Exposing newly emerged females of Cotesia congregata(Say) to wild cherry, an inherently unattractive plant, and their host larvae at 0–4 h after adult emergence induced a positive searching response to wild cherry and an inhibited response to cabbage, an attractive plant. Inherent responses were not affected when females were exposed to their hosts at 0–12(More)
To test the hypothesis that natural enemy populations differ in their behavioral responses to plants or to plant allelochemicals, we compared two populations of the gregarious larval endoparasitoid, Cotesia congregata (Say) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) that differed in their historical and present exposure to tobacco. The major hosts for both populations were(More)
Postemergence experience with one of six plant species, in the presence of the host larva, modified the searching response of reproductively mature females of Cotesia congregata(Say) to these plants in at least one of three ways: (1) an increased response to the plant experienced at emergence, (2) an increased response to other plants, or (3) an inhibited(More)
Field observations indicated that hornworms select feeding sites non-randomly on tobacco. We tested the hypotheses that differences in feeding site locations of larvae of Manduca sexta L. and Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth) (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) on tobacco could be explained by differential nicotine concentrations within plants and leaves,(More)
Environmental samples from indoor surfaces can be confounded by dust, which is composed largely of human skin cells and has been documented to contain roughly tens of micrograms of total DNA per gram of dust. This study complements previous published work by providing estimates of the quantity of amplifiable human DNA found in environmental samples from a(More)
We investigated the effects of sequential adult learning experiences (postemergence + ovipositional) with two host foodplants (tomato and/or tobacco) on searching responses, clutch size, and sex ratio allocations of Cotesia congregata, a gregarious endoparasitoid of Manduca sexta. Sequential experiences with one host foodplant resulted in a stronger(More)
BACKGROUND Male parasitic wasps attract females with a courtship song produced by rapid wing fanning. Songs have been described for several parasitic wasp species; however, beyond association with wing fanning, the mechanism of sound generation has not been examined. We characterized the male courtship song of Cotesia congregata (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)(More)
We tested the hypotheses that foraging insects can acquire human DNA from the environment and that insect-delivered human DNA is of sufficient quantity and quality to permit standard forensic analyses. Houseflies, German cockroaches, and camel crickets were exposed to dusty surfaces and then assayed for human mitochondrial and nuclear loci by conventional(More)
s are listed in alphabetical order by the last name of the senior author. Parasitoids of Myzus persicae and Aulacorthum solani on pepper crops in British Columbia Susanna Acheampong, David R. Gillespie and Don Quiring Pacific agri-Food Research Centre (Agassiz); 6947 #7 Highway; P. O. Box 1000; Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0; Canada, acheampongs@agr.gc.ca A survey of(More)
USING CAMERA TRAPPING TO MONITOR WILDLIFE IN STAFFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA. Bryan Finch & Werner Wieland, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. We employed cameras (Spy Point Model IR-5) from June 2013 to April 2014 on a 260 acre partial in Stafford County about 7.5 miles northwest of Fredericksburg. Eighteen cameras(More)