Insect Predator-Prey Dynamics: Ladybird Beetles and Biological Control

Insect Predator-Prey Dynamics: Ladybird Beetles and Biological Control

by A. F. G. Dixon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521622034

ISBN-13: 9780521622035

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Ladybird beetles are typical predators that feed on a wide range of insect prey, and have been used extensively in the biocontrol of insect pests. This volume explores basic ladybird biology, in particular, their close association with prey and its effect on their rate of development and body size. The author uses optimal foraging theory, field observations, and

Overview

Ladybird beetles are typical predators that feed on a wide range of insect prey, and have been used extensively in the biocontrol of insect pests. This volume explores basic ladybird biology, in particular, their close association with prey and its effect on their rate of development and body size. The author uses optimal foraging theory, field observations, and laboratory experiments to illustrate how ladybird larvae maximize their rate of energy intake, and ladybird adults their fitness. The interdependence of these life history parameters is then used to develop a simple predator-prey model that, combined with an analysis of the literature, highlights the specific attributes of potentially successful biocontrol agents for all those interested in predator-prey dynamics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521622035
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Basic biology and structure; 3. Body size; 4. Slow-fast continuum in life history parameters; 5. Foraging behaviour; 6. Cannibalism; 7. Theory of predator-prey interactions; 8. Intraguild predation; 9. Biological control; 10. Epilogue; 11. References; Taxonomic index; Subject index.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >