James R. Hagler, Diego J. Nieto, Scott A. Machtley, Sean L. Swezey
Alfalfa, Medicago sativa L. (Fabaceae), is a highly preferred host plant of Lygus spp. (Hemiptera: Miridae). As such, intercropping alfalfa trap-crops in strawberry production can serve as a sink for both Lygus (primarily Lygus hesperus Knight) and its natural enemies. Here we investigated the population dynamics and dispersal characteristics of the generalist predator complex in strawberry fields with alfalfa trap-crops spaced 50 rows (62 m) apart. Predator abundance was determined by counting six focal taxa…
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