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Abstract

Effect of type, color and location of sticky pheromone traps on male moth catches of Cameraria ohridella.

Abstract

The horse chestnut leaf miner, Cameraria ohridella Deschka & Dimic (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), is a new invasive pest that has spread all over the Europe over the last 25 years. This paper presents research aimed to: (1) compare the effectiveness of sticky pheromone traps of various types (sizes and colors), (2) determine the effect of a trap location on moth catches. Studies were conducted in Warsaw and Falenty near Warsaw. No trap color preference by male moths was found in tests of white, blue and green barrier traps. Barrier traps had the largest sticky area (32 dm2) in comparison to PL-2 (5.625 dm2) and delta PL-1 (3.4 dm2) traps, thus they caught the highest total number of males, however PL-2 traps were the most effective (268-381 moths/dm2). The results of the studies suggest that to make traps with the C. ohridella pheromone be more effective they should: (a) be located on a stem below a tree crown or in its lower part for the first C. ohridella generation, and in crowns for the second and later insect generations, (b) be placed in some distance from a tree stem, if located in crowns.