Comparison of different trapping devices for the capture of Bactrocera oleae (Rossi) and other non-target insects in the Mediterranean basin


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The present study aimed to compare some commercial traps baited with ammonium carbonate for their efficacy in monitoring Bactrocera oleae (Rossi) and their selectivity toward beneficial insects, under the conditions of olive groves located in five Mediterranean countries (Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Spain, Tunisia). The selectivity of the devices was evaluated toward several groups of non-target insects, namely lacewings (Chrysopidae), hoverflies (Syrphidae), ladybirds (Coccinellidae), bees (Apoidea) and hymenopteran parasitoids. The following devices were compared: yellow sticky panel, green sticky panel, Jackson trap with different combinations of yellow and white colours of the device and/or the panel, and McPhail trap. In most cases, the McPhail trap and the yellow panel showed the highest efficacy in monitoring male and female B. oleae flies; however, the yellow panel was most attractive for some groups of non-target insects, particularly the hymenopteran parasitoids, whereas the comparative non-target effects were sitespecific for the other arthropod groups. In the case of Chrysopidae, McPhail caught more individuals than the other traps in Italy and Spain, whereas in Lebanon and Greece, the highest number of individuals was captured in the two sticky panels. Coccinellidae were found in very low numbers only in Lebanon on yellow panels. Syrphidae were captured mainly on sticky panels in Greece and Tunisia. Apoidea were found only on yellow panels in Lebanon. The choice between the McPhail trap and the yellow panel should be made on the basis of various evaluations carried out at the site, including operational ones.


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Supporting Agencies

EU funded Project FruitFlyNet-ii, STR_B_A.2.1_0043”, as part of the ENI CBC MED Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020.

Sciarretta, A., Travaglini, T., Kfoury, L., Ksentini, I., Yousef-Yousef, M., Sotiras, M.-I., El Bitar, A., Ksantini, M., Quesada-Moraga, E., & Perdikis, D. (2024). Comparison of different trapping devices for the capture of <em>Bactrocera oleae</em> (Rossi) and other non-target insects in the Mediterranean basin. Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research, 56(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jear.2024.12302

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