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Applied Entomology and Zoology

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 117–121 | Cite as

Nutritional status of overwintering adults of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), is affected by cone counts of Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica, in northern Japan

  • Ken Funayama
Original Research Paper

Abstract

Although researchers have proposed that the abundance of Japanese cedar cones is the main factor affecting outbreaks of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), in Japan, it remains to be clarified whether the reproduction of field populations is indeed influenced by variation in the number of cones. This study investigated the relationship of the nutritional status of field populations of overwintering adults with the airborne pollen count of Japanese cedar, which served as a proxy for cone-bearing by Japanese cedars, based on data gathered from 2000 to 2010 in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan. The nutritional level and airborne pollen counts varied significantly over the 11 years considered. There was a significant correlation between pollen count and the nutritional level of adults of each sex. These results suggest that Japanese cedar cones serve as an important nutritional source for the overwintering adults of H. halys as they prepare for overwintering.

Keywords

Halyomorpha halys Japanese cedar cone Overwintering adult Nutritional status 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I thank the health officials of Akita Prefecture for providing of data on airborne pollen counts of Japanese cedar, as well as A. Oda and the staff of Akita Fruit-Tree Experiment Station for their assistance with the field work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Akita Fruit-Tree Experiment StationYokoteJapan

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