- Predatory mites avoid ovipositing near counter-attacking prey
- Experimental and Applied Acarology
- Volume | Issue number
- 25 | 8
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
Attacking prey is not without risk; predators may endure counterattackby the prey. Here, we study the oviposition behaviour of a predatory mite(Iphiseius degenerans) in relation to its prey, thewesternflower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis). This thrips iscapable of killing the eggs of the predator. Thrips and predatory mites - apartfrom feeding on each other - can also feed and reproduce on a diet of pollen.Because thrips may aggregate at pollen patches, such patches may be risky foroviposition by the predatory mites. We found that, in absence of thrips,predatory mites lay their eggs close to pollen, but further away when thripsarepresent. Predatory mite eggs near pollen were killed more frequently by thripsthan when they were deposited further away. The oviposition behaviour of thepredatory mite was also studied in absence of thrips, but in presence of thealarm pheromone of thrips. This pheromone is normally secreted upon contactwithpredators or competitors. When applied close to the pollen, predatory mitesoviposited significantly further away from it. When the alarm pheromone wasapplied away from the food source, most eggs were found near the pollen. Theseresults indicate that female predatory mites show flexible ovipositionbehaviourin response to the presence of their counterattacking prey.
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