Trond Hofsvang

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The parasitoidEphedrus cerasicola Starý oviposited in all 4 nymphal instars and in newly moulted adults ofMyzus persicae (Sulzer). The different host categories were offered with no choice. The duration of an oviposition increased with the age of nymphs, being about 13, 18, 21, 22, and 17 s from 1 st instars to adults, respectively. Observations of number(More)
Females ofEphedrus cerasicola Starý were released into small glasshouses (13.6 m3) or cages (0.125 m3) which contained paprika plants in 2 of the following categories: fresh plants (without honeydew and aphids), honeydew-contaminated plants (aphids removed) and aphid-infested plants (with honeydew). Two hundred females were released into each glasshouse(More)
Rate of development and longevity were studied inAphidius ervi Haliday andAphidius platensis Brèthes, two parasites of the green peach aphid,Myzus persicae Sulz. On paprika,A. ervi developed from egg to adult in 27.3 days (at 15°C) and 19.9 days (21°C),A. platensis in 19.9 days (15°C), 15.6 days (21°C) and 12.4 days (24°C). The period from oviposition to(More)
Myzus persicae (Sulzer) at different densities (1 to 120 aphids) on a paprika plant in a 1.8 dm3 cage were exposed at 21°C to single females of the parasitoidEphedrus cerasicola Stary. Three different exposure periods were used: 1 hr, 6 hrs, 24 hrs. The aphids were dissected 6 days after parasitization. Superparasitism was measured as number of hosts(More)
Lysiphlebus testaceipes (Cresson) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Aphidiinae) has constituted a well-studied parasitoid insect model, but very little is known about the host-instar suitability of aphid for the wasp so far. One of the hosts of L. testaceipes is Aphis gossypii Glover (Hemiptera: Aphididae). The latter is a serious aphid pest to vegetable production(More)
The functional responses of the parasitoidEphedrus cerasicola Starý parasitizingMyzus persicae (Sulzer) on a paprika plant, were studied for single females at different host densities (1 to 120 aphids per 1.8 dm3) during 3 different time periods (1 hr, 6 hrs, 24 hrs) at 21 °C. The response during 1 hr was curvilinear and is described by the random parasite(More)
The parasitoidEphedrus cerasicola Stary oviposited in the 4 nymphal instars and in newly moulted apterous adults ofMyzus persicae (Sulzer). Development and reproduction of unparasitized and parasitized aphids at 21°C were compared. Unparasitized aphids developed to adults in 6.5 days and started to reproduce after 7 days. Longevity varied between 7 and 42(More)
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