The effects of traps hung in different places in the cherry orchard on the capture and flower damage of Tropinota (Epicometis) hirta (Poda, 1761) (Coleoptera: Cetoniidae)

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Yaşar B., Çelik V. B.

Journal of Advanced Research in Natural and Applied Sciences, vol.7, no.4, pp.582-589, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


In this study, the trapping effect of light blue traps suspended in the cherry orchard and also in four different directions was determined by using attractants of Tropinota hirta (Coleoptera: Cetoniidae) causing economic damage on the flowers of cherry trees. 1:1 ratio of trans-cinnamyl alcohol + trans-anethol included chemical attractants were used in all traps. All attractants were dripped on dental cottons by micro pipette. These cottons were placed in closed plastic falcon tubes of 3x13 cm dimensions with 0.3 mm diameter holes on the sides. Traps with attractants and water beneath them were located in the outer part of the orchard and on tree branches in all directions; They were hanged 1.5 m above the ground on the wire where attached to two poles in the middle of a row in the orchard and on one branch of five trees in the inside of the orchard. The number of trapped adults and the number of intact flowers on the same trees were recorded and they were compared with each other. As a result, the number of adult insects caught in traps where hung on wires in the orchard was higher. The number of intact flowers on all the trap-hung trees was higher than on the trees in the controls. In addition, as a result of hanging the traps on the trees, the rate of shedding of the flowers was higher.