Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 247–256 | Cite as

Functional response of Euseius finlandicus and Amblyseius andersoni to Panonychus ulmi on apple and peach leaves in the laboratory

  • Dimitris S. Koveos
  • George D. Broufas


The functional response of adult females of the predatory mites Euseius (Amblyseius) finlandicus and Amblyseius andersoni to larvae and adult females of the fruit tree red spider mite Panonychus ulmi was determined on apple and peach leaf disks in the laboratory at 25°C and 16:8 (L:D). For adult females of P. ulmi the predation efficiency of E. finlandicus was higher on peach than on apple, whereas that of A. andersoni was higher on apple than on peach. Efficiency of predation on larvae of P. ulmi by either predator did not differ significantly between apple and peach. On both plants, A. andersoni had a higher predation rate than E. finlandicus on larvae of P. ulmi. It is concluded that in the laboratory the host plant has a substantial effect on predation efficiency of A. andersoni and E. finlandicus when they preyed on adults but not when they preyed on larvae of P. ulmi.

Panonychus ulmi Amblyseius andersoni Euseius finlandicus Phytoseiidae predator functional response host plant apple peach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitris S. Koveos
    • 1
  • George D. Broufas
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied Zoology and ParasitologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Laboratory of Applied Zoology and ParasitologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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