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Pyemotes tritici (Acari: Pyemotidae): a parasitoid of Agrilus auroguttatus and Agrilus coxalis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in the southwestern United States of America and southern Mexico

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 July 2014

Tom W. Coleman
Affiliation:
United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service-Forest Health Protection, 602S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino, California 92408, United States of America
Michael I. Jones
Affiliation:
Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, California 95616, United States of America Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York, 105 Illick Hall, 1 Forestry Dr. Syracuse, New York 13210, United States of America
Mark S. Hoddle
Affiliation:
Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, California 92521, United States of America
Laurel J. Haavik
Affiliation:
Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, California 95616, United States of America Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, CanadaP6A 2E5
John C. Moser
Affiliation:
United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station (Emeritus), Pineville, Louisiana 71360, United States of America
Mary L. Flint
Affiliation:
Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, California 95616, United States of America
Steven J. Seybold
Affiliation:
United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects, Davis, California 95616, United States of America
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Abstract

The straw itch mite, Pyemotes tritici Lagrèze-Fossat and Montané (Acari: Pyemotidae), was discovered parasitising the goldspotted oak borer, Agrilus auroguttatus Schaeffer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), an invasive exotic species to California, United States of America, and the Mexican goldspotted oak borer, Agrilus coxalis Waterhouse (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), during surveys for natural enemies for a classical biological control programme for A. auroguttatus. Pyemotes tritici caused low levels of mortality to each species of flatheaded borer, but it will likely not be a good candidate for a biological control programme because it is a generalist parasitoid with deleterious human health effects.

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Insect Management – NOTE
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© Entomological Society of Canada 2014 

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Subject editor: Justin Schmidt

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