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Mating disruption of Coleophora deauratella (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae) using laminate flakes in red clover seed production fields

Boyd A Mori, Maya L Evenden
Pest Management Science 2015, 71 (8): 1149-57
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BACKGROUND: The red clover casebearer, Coleophora deauratella, is a significant pest in red clover (Trifolium pratense) seed production regions throughout the world. The internal feeding nature of C. deauratella larvae makes infestations difficult to control with insecticide. We test the ability of Hercon Disrupt Micro-Flakes(®) releasing the complete pheromone blend of C. deauratella to disrupt communication and mating in red clover seed production fields.

RESULTS: Initial small-plot (0.25 ha) trials found a significant reduction (93.6 ± 2.9%) of male C. deauratella captured in pheromone-treated plots compared with untreated controls. Subsequent large-plot (5 ha) mating disruption trials found a significant reduction (72.3 ± 5.7%) in male C. deauratella captured in pheromone-treated plots compared with untreated control plots over the growing season. Furthermore, larval numbers were significantly reduced and seed yield was increased in pheromone-treated plots compared with untreated control plots. In a concurrent small-plot (0.0625 ha) trial with various flake densities, disruption increased with pheromone flake density, and the resulting graphical disruption profiles matched the theoretical predictions of mating disruption by competitive attraction.

CONCLUSION: Pheromone-mediated mating disruption with laminate flakes has the potential to suppress C. deauratella populations and may help to reduce damage even at high pest densities. © 2014 Society of Chemical Industry.

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