Aleixandre Beltrà, Felix L. Wäckers, Oldřich Nedvěd, Apostolos Pekas
Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) is one of the most common and harmful pest species attacking sweet pepper. Here, we compared the predation rate and performance of Adalia bipunctata (L.), Hippodamia variegata (Goeze), and Scymnus interruptus Goeze (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) fed on M. persicae infesting sweet pepper. In the laboratory, when offered 150 aphids daily, A. bipunctata was the most voracious species (predation per adult female of 122.7 aphids per 24 h) followed by H. variegat…
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