Could <i>Harmonia conformis</i> be an important predator of <i>Bactericera cockerelli</i>
AbstractThe tomatopotato psyllid (TPP) Bactericera cockerelli is a new major pest of solanaceous plants in New Zealand Both nymphs and adults may cause damage to plants by feeding on leaves and stems and by also transmitting a bacterial pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum TPP infestations affect the quality and yield of important crops such as potatoes tomatoes capsicums and tamarillo Existing natural enemies of insect pests in these crops may be important in controlling TPP particularly in winter and spring when TPP populations are low In confined nochoice cage tests in the laboratory it was established that all life stages of Harmonia conformis readily eat all life stages of TPP Harmonia conformis was tested in choice trials to assess predation of TPP when offered an alternative food source green peach aphid (GPA) Myzus persicae Predators were offered equal numbers of TPP and GPA ranging from 25 to 50 per species Larvae and adults of H conformis ate all life stages of TPP even when other food (GPA) was available This study is part of a larger project partly funded by Horticulture Australia (HAL) investigating the potential effectiveness of selected predators against TPP
How to Cite
Larsen, N., MacDonald, F., Connolly, P. and Walker, G. 2011. Could <i>Harmonia conformis</i> be an important predator of <i>Bactericera cockerelli</i>. New Zealand Plant Protection. 64, (Jan. 2011), 293–293. DOI:https://doi.org/10.30843/nzpp.2011.64.6005.