Bioclimatic analyses of distributions of a parasitoid Peristenus digoneutis and its host species Lygus spp. in Europe and North America
Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Royal Entomological Society
Agricultural and Forest Entomology
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 43–55, February 2013
How to Cite
Haye, T., Olfert, O., Weiss, R. M., Gariepy, T. D., Broadbent, B. and Kuhlmann, U. (2013), Bioclimatic analyses of distributions of a parasitoid Peristenus digoneutis and its host species Lygus spp. in Europe and North America. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 15: 43–55. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-9563.2012.00590.x
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
- Accepted 16 June 2012
- Bioclimatic model;
- climate matching;
- Lygus bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae);
- Peristenus digoneutis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae);
- potential distribution
- 1Peristenus digoneutis Loan is a parasitoid of Lygus plant bugs, which was successfully introduced from Europe into North America in the 1980s for controlling native Lygus populations. Surveys confirmed that P. digoneutis populations have become established throughout eastern North America and that the spread of the parasitoid continues. For unknown reasons, previous releases of P. digoneutis in Western Canada were not successful.
- 2A bioclimate (climex®; Hearne Scientific Software Pty Ltd, Australia) model for P. digoneutis in North America was developed, based on climate and ecological parameters, and then validated with actual distribution records. The current distribution of P. digoneutis in eastern North America was consistent with the predicted distribution. The model suggests that P. digoneutis will probably continue its spread westwards throughout the U.S.A. along the Great Lakes.
- 3The southern distribution of P. digoneutis is expected to be limited by hot summer temperatures, whereas its northern range is limited by the number of Lygus host generations rather than cold stress.
- 4Peristenus digoneutis has the potential to occur in the southern parts of the prairie ecozone of western Canada; however, Ecoclimatic Index values in the prairies indicate mainly marginal or unfavourable conditions, which may explain why earlier releases of P. digoneutis in Western Canada failed.