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Abstract

IDENTIFICATION OF SOME SPECIES OF WIREWORM AGRIOTES SPP. (COLEOPTERA: ELATERIDAE) IN BAGHDAD

*May I. Yonuis, Hind S. Abdulhay and Aliaa A. Hameed

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Wireworm, the common name for larval click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae) are serious soil-dwelling pest of many different crops all around the world. This study was conducted to identify some species that belong to genus Agriotes spp and determine their seasonal abundance by using pheromone traps. This study were carried out in the College of Agriculture –Abu- Graib/provenance of Baghdad to identify and occurrence of Agriotes spp. Nine pheromone of Agriotes spp. were used for each of these species which baited with the specific pheromone. Pheromone lures were replaced every 6 weeks, sevin Agriotes species where found in Abu-Graib fields, these species are A. griddlei A. fucosus, A. apicalis, A, stabilis, A. pubesens, A. mancus, and A. limosus were caught by sex pheromone traps. This is the first recorded of these species in the provenance of Baghdad. The most abundant species were A. pubesens and A. fucosus. The seasonal flight activities of adult wireworms begin from the middle of April to the first of November for most species in this research, the period of activity is different depending on the species.

Keywords: Agriotes spp., Coleopteran, Elateridae.


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