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Fabrication and testing of artificial emerald ash borer visual decoys
Author(s): Drew Patrick Pulsifer; Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Mahesh S. Narkede; Michael J. Domingue; Beverly G. Post; Jayant Kumar; Raúl José Martín-Palma; Thomas C. Baker
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Paper Abstract

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, is an invasive species threatening the ash trees of North America. EABs exhibit a mating behavior in which the flying male will spot a stationary female at rest, then execute a pouncing maneuver where he dives sharply onto the female. It is thought that this pouncing behavior is cued by some visual signal from the elytra of the EAB. A method for replicating the elytra of the EAB as artificial decoys was devised and implemented. In a field experiment, four types of bioreplicated EAB decoys with a dead EAB female to determine if the former were effective at cuing the pouncing behavior in males.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2013
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8686, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2013, 86860L (8 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2010021
Show Author Affiliations
Drew Patrick Pulsifer, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Mahesh S. Narkede, The Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Michael J. Domingue, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Beverly G. Post, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jayant Kumar, The Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Raúl José Martín-Palma, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Thomas C. Baker, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8686:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2013
Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Editor(s)

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