, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 55–64 | Cite as

Intraguild predation between Harmonia axyridis and Aphidius gifuensis: effects of starvation period, plant dimension and extraguild prey density

  • Xing-Lin Yu
  • Yi Feng
  • Wen-Yan Fu
  • Yuan-Xing Sun
  • Tong-Xian LiuEmail author


The effects of various factors on intraguild predation (IGP) between predators have been widely investigated. However, little is known about the influence of these factors on IGP between predators and parasitoids. Under laboratory conditions, we studied the effects of starvation period of predator, plant dimension, and extraguild prey density on IGP between Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and Aphidius gifuensis Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), two natural enemies of Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Both H. axyridis fourth instar and adults consumed A. gifuensis mummies. H. axyridis fourth instar and adults starved for 24 and 48 h had a higher frequency of IGP than those that were not starved. However, the number of aphids and mummies consumed by H. axyridis did not differ between the 24 and 48 h starvation treatments. Although IGP still occurred, mummy consumption decreased with increasing aphid density and plant dimension. In addition, H. axyridis consistently preferred aphids to mummies. Our results indicate that prey preference of H. axyridis, a shorter starvation period of predator (< 48 h), larger plant dimension, and higher extraguild prey density could reduce the frequency of IGP by H. axyridis on A. gifuensis, and thus decrease the negative impact of IGP on aphid control.


Coccinellidae Braconidae Aphididae Starvation period Plant dimension Extraguild prey density 



We are grateful for the assistance of all staff and students in the Key Laboratory of Applied Entomology, Northwest A&F University at Yangling, Shaanxi, China. Funding of this research was partially supported by the following grants: the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31272089), and China Agriculture Research System (No. CARS-25-B-06).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xing-Lin Yu
    • 1
  • Yi Feng
    • 1
  • Wen-Yan Fu
    • 1
  • Yuan-Xing Sun
    • 1
  • Tong-Xian Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Integrated Pest Management on Crops in Northwestern Loess Plateau of Ministry of Agriculture, College of Plant ProtectionNorthwest A&F UniversityYanglingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Crop Stress Biology for Arid AreasNorthwest A&F UniversityYanglingChina

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