Life history, natural enemies, and management of Disholcaspis quercusvirens (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) on live oak trees

Jessica Platt Bird, George Melika, James A Nicholls, Graham N Stone, Eileen A Buss

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Live oak (Quercus virginiana Mill.) trees are hosts to a complex of gall making arthropods. However, the bullet galls produced by the asexual generation of the cynipid Disholcaspis quercuscirens (Ashmead) can esthetically and physically damage nursery and street trees, and thus reduce tree value. We sought to describe the unknown sexual generation of D. quercusvirens, describe the development of galls from both generations, record adult cynipid and parasitoid activity periods, and evaluate the efficacy of several insecticides to suppress the gall makers and prevent additional gall formation. The oviposition period for asexual females occurred from late November to January in both years of the caging study. Eggs laid into dormant buds resulted in small bud galls in which the sexual generation developed for 4-5 mo. Sexual adults emerged and laid eggs in young elongating shoots in April. Bullet galls began protruding from branches in June, and asexual wasps emerged 5-7 mo later. Cynipids that emerged from the bullet (asexual generation) and bud (sexual generation) galls were genetically identical. Both generations were heavily parasitized. Targeting asexual females with an early December treatment of bifenthrin or acephate significantly reduced the number of bud galls, but control did not extend to the next generation of bullet galls, possibly because of reinvasion from neighboring infested trees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1747-56
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of economic entomology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • animals
  • behaviour
  • carbaryl
  • cell nucleus
  • cytochromes b
  • DNA barcoding
  • DNA
  • female
  • Florida
  • food chain
  • mitochondrial
  • hymenoptera
  • insect control
  • insecticides
  • larva
  • male
  • molecular sequence data
  • organothiophosphorus compounds
  • phosphoramides
  • pupa
  • pyrethrins
  • quercus
  • reproduction
  • seasons
  • sequence analysis


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