Special Issue "Biological Control of Halyomorpha halys with Special Emphasis on Parasitoids"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Pest and Vector Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giuseppino Sabbatini-Peverieri
Leading Guest Editor
CREA, Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Interests: entomology; integrated pest management; biological control; invasive insect species
Dr. Elijah Talamas
Guest Editor
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA
Interests: systematics of Platygastroidea; parasitoids of stink bug eggs
Dr. Kim A. Hoelmer
Guest Editor
Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Newark, DE, USA
Interests: entomology; biological control; invasive species

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Halyomorpha halys is a destructive agricultural pest of East Asian origin. Damages on fruits and vegetables are severe, and control methods are generally biased toward chemical pesticides. This approach rarely leads to satisfactory pest control and often disrupts IPM strategies. Biological control, especially with egg parasitoids, is considered one of the most viable long-term solutions. In many regions of the world, classical or augmentative biological control by exotic and native parasitoid species is actively under investigation. Moreover, adventive populations parasitoids associated with brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) eggs have been discovered in North America and Europe, emphasizing the need for a cosmopolitan perspective for solving this pest problem.

This Special Issue welcomes papers on various aspects of the biological control of H. halys, in particular with parasitoids.

Dr. Giuseppino Sabbatini-Peverieri
Dr. Elijah Talamas
Dr. Kim A. Hoelmer
Guest Editors

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  • agricultural pest
  • parasitoid complex
  • natural enemy
  • Trissolcus

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A Newly Reported Parasitoid, Pentatomophaga latifascia (Diptera: Tachinidae), of Adult Halyomorpha halys in Beijing, China
Insects 2020, 11(10), 666; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11100666 - 29 Sep 2020
Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) is a serious pest in agriculture and forests, as both adults and nymphs feed by piercing the surface of the plant and fruit tissues, causing damage. The eggs of H. halys are commonly attacked by parasitoids, however, the [...] Read more.
Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) is a serious pest in agriculture and forests, as both adults and nymphs feed by piercing the surface of the plant and fruit tissues, causing damage. The eggs of H. halys are commonly attacked by parasitoids, however, the nymph and the adult are rarely attacked by natural enemies. We surveyed the parasitoids of adult H. halys by collecting samples from overwintering populations at three different locations and checked their body surfaces for the presence of tachinid eggs. Any host adults carrying tachinid eggs were reared in a cage for further species identification. We found that the eggs of Pentatomophaga latifascia (Villeneuve) (Diptera: Tachinidae) were laid on the surface of H. halys, and the hatched larvae penetrated the host body and fed internally to develop. The last larval instar emerged from the host to develop into pupae, killing the host in the process. According to the field survey, the average parasitism of H. halys by P. latifascia was 2.42%. The parasitoids of adult H. halys in their native range have so far been little studied and may provide a complementary component of egg parasitoids for biological control against H. halys in invaded areas. Full article
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