An acoustic trap to survey and capture two Neoscapteriscus species

  • Barukh B Rohde University of Florida, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA
  • Pablo E Allen University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department, Gainesville, Florida 32611
  • Nicole Benda University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department, Gainesville, Florida 32611,
  • Abe Brun Custom Engineered Solutions, West Hempstead, New York 11552, USA
  • Richard W Mankin USDA ARS, Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, Florida 32608, USA
  • Adam G Dale 2University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department, Gainesville, Florida 32611

Abstract

There is an extensive history of mole cricket integrated pest management (IPM) research in Florida, USA (Kerr et al. 2014; Mhina et al. 2016), much of which has incorporated acoustic trapping as a monitoring tool. The acoustic trap design described in this report provides a method for surveying 2 Neoscapteriscus mole cricket species relatively autonomously at low cost, which can facilitate future efforts to study the biology, ecology, and distribution of invasive mole crickets (e.g., Walker 1988). In a broader context, however, there remains considerable need to reduce the costs and simplify the technology of these and other traps based on inexpensive microcontroller platforms, not only for Neoscapteriscus species, but also for other pests that mate based on either acoustic or vibrational communication (Mankin 2012).

 

Sumario

Existe una extensa historia de investigaciones sobre el manejo integrado de plagas (MIP) del grillo topo en la Florida, EE. UU. (Kerr et al. 2014; Mhina et al. 2016), una gran parte de las cuales ha incorporado el atrapamiento acústico como herramienta de monitoreo. El diseño de la trampa acústica descrito en este informe proporciona un método para estudiar 2 especies de grillo topos del género Neoscapteriscus de forma relativamente autónoma a bajo costo, lo que puede facilitar los esfuerzos futuros para estudiar la biología, ecología y distribución de los grillo topos invasivos (por ejemplo, Walker 1988). Sin embargo, en un contexto más amplio, sigue existiendo una necesidad considerable de reducir los costos y simplificar la tecnología de estas y otras trampas basadas en plataformas económicas de microcontroladores, no solo para las especies de Neoscapteriscus, sino también para otras plagas que se aparean en base a la comunicación acústica o vibracional (Mankin 2012).

Key Words: mole cricket; forage; turfgrasses; survey

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Author Biography

Adam G Dale, 2University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department, Gainesville, Florida 32611

Entomology and Nematology Department

Published
2019-09-30
Section
Scientific Notes