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Toward pest control via mass production of realistic decoys of insects
Author(s): Drew P. Pulsifer; Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Jayant Kumar; Thomas C. Baker; Raúl J. Martín-Palma
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Paper Abstract

The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, is an invasive species of beetles threatening the ash trees of North America. The species exhibits a mating behavior in which a flying male will first spot a stationary female at rest and then execute a pouncing maneuver to dive sharply onto her. The pouncing behavior appears to be cued by some visual signal from the top surface of the female's body. We have adopted bioreplication techniques to fabricate artificial visual decoys that could be used to detect, monitor, and slow the spread of EAB populations across North America. Using a negative die made of nickel and a positive die made of a hard polymer, we have stamped a polymer sheet to produce these decoys. Our bioreplication procedure is industrially scalable.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8339, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012, 83390H (4 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915924
Show Author Affiliations
Drew P. Pulsifer, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jayant Kumar, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Thomas C. Baker, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Raúl J. Martín-Palma, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8339:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Editor(s)

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