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Insects 2014, 5(3), 564-576; doi:10.3390/insects5030564
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A New Visual Trap for Rhagoletis cerasi (L.) (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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1 Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Ackerstrasse 113, Postfach 219, CH-5070 Frick, Switzerland 2 Fachstelle Pflanzenschutz Strickhof, Eschikon, Postfach, CH-8315 Lindau, Switzerland
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Received: 26 March 2014 / Revised: 4 July 2014 / Accepted: 10 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
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Abstract

The European cherry fruit fly, Rhagoletis cerasi (L.) (Diptera: Tephritidae), is the most important pest of sweet cherries in Europe. The aim of our experiments was to develop a new, cost-efficient, lead chromate-free and more eco-friendly trap for monitoring and mass trapping of R. cerasi. Five different-colored yellow panels and three different trap shapes were compared to a standard Rebell® amarillo trap in three experimental orchards in 2012. Trap color F, with a strong increase in reflectance at 500–550 nm and a secondary peak in the UV-region at 300–400 nm, captured significantly more flies than the standard Rebell® amarillo trap. Yellow traps with increased reflectance in the blue region (400–500 nm) were least attractive. Trap shape was of minor importance, as long as the object was three-dimensional and visible from all directions. Based on economic and practical considerations, a cylinder-shaped trap “UFA-Samen Kirschenfliegenfalle” was developed for commercial use and is currently under on-farm evaluation.
Keywords: Rhagoletis cerasi; Diptera; Tephritidae; yellow sticky trap; monitoring Rhagoletis cerasi; Diptera; Tephritidae; yellow sticky trap; monitoring
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Daniel, C.; Mathis, S.; Feichtinger, G. A New Visual Trap for Rhagoletis cerasi (L.) (Diptera: Tephritidae). Insects 2014, 5, 564-576.

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