8 April 2013 Fabrication and testing of artificial emerald ash borer visual decoys
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The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, is an invasive species threatening the ash trees of North America. EABs exhibit a mating behavior in which the flying male will spot a stationary female at rest, then execute a pouncing maneuver where he dives sharply onto the female. It is thought that this pouncing behavior is cued by some visual signal from the elytra of the EAB. A method for replicating the elytra of the EAB as artificial decoys was devised and implemented. In a field experiment, four types of bioreplicated EAB decoys with a dead EAB female to determine if the former were effective at cuing the pouncing behavior in males.
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Drew Patrick Pulsifer, Drew Patrick Pulsifer, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Mahesh S. Narkede, Mahesh S. Narkede, Michael J. Domingue, Michael J. Domingue, Beverly G. Post, Beverly G. Post, Jayant Kumar, Jayant Kumar, Raúl José Martín-Palma, Raúl José Martín-Palma, Thomas C. Baker, Thomas C. Baker, } "Fabrication and testing of artificial emerald ash borer visual decoys", Proc. SPIE 8686, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2013, 86860L (8 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2010021; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2010021
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