Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 25, Issue 12, pp 921–932 | Cite as

Diapause induction and termination in the predatory mite Euseius finlandicus in peach orchards in northern Greece

  • Georgios Broufas


The course of diapause induction as well as of diapause termination infemales of the predatory mite Euseius (Amblyseius)finlandicus Oudemans (Acari: Phytoseiidae) in Northern Greece wasdetermined by transferring females during winter and early spring from peachtrees to a short day (LD 8:16) or a long day (LD 16:8) photoperiod both at 20°C. The first diapause females were found in mid September andby the first week of October all the females were in diapause. The mean numberof days required for diapause termination under the short day photoperiod LD8:16 was gradually reduced from 93.7 days in the beginning of October to lessthan 20 days in mid February and early March. Under the long day photoperiod ofLD 16:8 diapause was terminated in less than 20 days irrespective of the dateof collection. These results indicate that by mid February photoperiodicsensitivity of females was lost and diapause was terminated. However, femaleswere found in their overwintering sites until the second half of March,probablybecause of the prevailing relatively low temperatures and lack of adequatefood.

Diapause induction Diapause termination Euseius finlandicus Overwintering Photoperiod Phytoseiidae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios Broufas
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture, Laboratory of Applied Zoology and ParasitologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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