Density of emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) adults and larvae at three stages of the invasion wave
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Environmental Entomology. 47(1): 121-132.
Emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), an invasive phloem-feeding buprestid, has killed hundreds of millions of ash (Fraxinus spp.) trees in the United States and two Canadian provinces. We evaluated EAB persistence in post-invasion sites and compared EAB adult captures and larval densities in 24 forested sites across an east–west gradient in southern Michigan representing the Core (postinvasion), Crest (high EAB populations), and Cusp (recently infested areas) of the EAB invasion wave. Condition of green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marsh) trees were recorded in fixed radius plots and linear transects in each site. Ash mortality was highest in Core sites in the southeast, moderate in Crest sites in central southern Michigan, and low in Cusp sites in the southwest. Traps and trap trees in Crest sites accounted for 75 and 60% of all EAB beetles captured in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Populations of EAB were present in all Core sites and traps in these sites captured 13% of all beetles each year. Beetle captures and larval densities at Cusp sites roughly doubled between 2010 and 2011, reflecting the increasing EAB populations. Sticky bands on girdled trees captured the highest density of EAB beetles per m2 of area, while baited double-decker traps had the highest detection rates and captured the most beetles. Larval densities were higher on girdled ash than on similar ungirdled trees and small planted trees. Woodpecker predation and a native larval parasitoid were present in all three invasion regions but had minor effects on ash survival and EAB densities.
Keywordsinvasive forest pest, EAB, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, double-decker trap, girdled ash tree
Burr, Stephen J.; McCullough, Deborah G.; Poland, Therese M. 2018. Density of emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) adults and larvae at three stages of the invasion wave. Environmental Entomology. 47(1): 121-132. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvx200.