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Effect of methyl salicylate on behavioral responses of insects in a forest park
- Stepanycheva, E. A., Petrova, M. O., Chermenskaya, T. D., Shamshev, I. V.
- Entomological revue 2016 v.96 no.3 pp. 284-287
- Agromyzidae, Aphelinidae, Dolichopodidae, Empididae, Eulophidae, Heteroptera, Mymaridae, Pteromalidae, beneficial arthropods, forest insects, methyl salicylate
- Attractiveness of methyl salicylate to arthropods in natural populations was studied in a park reserve. During the observation period, representatives of several families of Diptera (the leaf-mining Agromyzidae, the predatory Hybotidae, Dolichopodidae and Empididae), parasitic micro-Hymenoptera (Mymaridae, Pteromalidae, Eulophidae, and Aphelinidae), and phytophagous bugs (Heteroptera) were recorded. Significant attractiveness of methyl salicylate to parasitic micro-Hymenoptera and dance flies (Empididae) was demonstrated. Our data confirm the possibility of attracting beneficial arthropods with methyl salicylate.