Dispersal of the entomogenous nematode Steinernema feltiae (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae) by infected adult insects

P. Timper, H. K. Kaya, R. Gaugler

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Abstract

Beet army worm Spodoptera exigua adults infected with Steinernema feltiae dispersed up to 11 m from the site of infection. After dispersal and death of the host, nematode progeny developed within the moth cadavers, moved into the soil, and infected larvae of S. exigua. No significant difference was observed in either the proportion of pupae and adults infected or the longevity of S. exigua adults infected with S. feltiae (All strain, 16.2 h), S. feltiae (Mexican strain, 15.6 h) or Heterorhabditis heliothidis (NC strain, 15.0 h). Dispersal of S. feltiae by infected adult insects may account in part for local and worldwide distribution of such entomogenous nematodes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-550
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Entomology
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Insect Science

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