Laboratory host range testing
Predatory biological control agents
Obrycki J.J. (1989).
Parasitization of native and exotic coccinellids by Dinocampus coccinellae (Schrank) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 62: 211-218.
The suitability of 3 introduced and 3 native (to the USA) coccinellids as hosts for the braconid Dinocampus coccinellae was examined in the laboratory at 22°C and LD 16:8. Adults of the Nearctic species (Coleomegilla maculata, Cycloneda munda and Hippodamia convergens) and one Palaearctic species, Coccinella septempunctata, were suitable hosts for D. coccinellae. The mean development time for the parasitoid ranged from 30 to 33.3 days in these hosts, while successful parasitism varied between 30 and 57%. Only 1.5% of D. coccinellae emerged from Propylea quattuordecimpunctata, development times being significantly longer (37 days) with this host. The parasitoid failed to develop in H. variegata.
van Driesche R. (2004). Predicting host ranges of parasitoids and predacious insects - what are the issues? Pp. 1-3 In: Assessing host ranges for parasitoids and predators used for classical biological control: a guide to best practice, R. Van Driesche and R. Reardon (Ed.) USDA Forest Service, Morgantown, West Virginia.
van Driesche R. and Reardon R. (2004). Assessing host ranges for parasitoids and predators used for classical biological control: a guide to best practice. Pp. 243. USDA Forest Service, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Pathogen biological control agents
Biological control agent biotypes