Author Archives: Jamie Hopkinson

Assessing predator and parasitoid activity using sentinel prey

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Of importance to agronomists is how pest populations are changing over time and the likely impact predators will have on the pest population. Predator and parasitoid activity can be difficult to assess under field conditions, particularly the rate at which beneficials can find pest species. In this research, sentinel prey were used to gauge the level of natural predator and… Read more »

Impact of insecticides on silverleaf whitefly parasitoid

Jamie Hopkinson   June 5, 2017   Comments Off on Impact of insecticides on silverleaf whitefly parasitoid
The microscopic natural enemy; Eretmocerus hayati. Image: CSIRO.

The tiny wasp Eretmocerus hayati is an important natural enemy of silverleaf whitefly (SLW) and contributes to the natural biological control of this pest throughout the season. It occurs in almost all regions that grow cotton, but due to its small size (difficult to see without a hand lens) it often goes unnoticed. Like all natural enemies, Eretmocerus is susceptible… Read more »

Considerations when using pyriproxyfen on silverleaf whitefly

Jamie Hopkinson   January 10, 2017   Comments Off on Considerations when using pyriproxyfen on silverleaf whitefly

With the current season shaping up to be one of high insect pressure, we may see silverleaf whitefly (SLW), Bemisia tabaci reach problematic levels in regions outside of their traditional range. For growers and agronomists not familiar with their control it is worth investing some time to understand how one of the main registered insecticides, pyriproxyfen, works. What is pyriproxyfen?… Read more »

Ladybirds enjoy a cotton aphid buffet

Jamie Hopkinson   June 6, 2016   Comments Off on Ladybirds enjoy a cotton aphid buffet

The minute two-spotted ladybird beetle (Diomus notescens) and the transverse ladybird beetle (Coccinella transversalis) are two natural enemies of cotton aphid (Aphid gossypii). They are commonly found in Australian crops, however relatively little is known about their biology. A series of laboratory experiments were conducted by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to learn more about aspects of… Read more »

New insecticides for the control of silverleaf whitefly (SLW) in cotton, and considerations for resistance management

Jamie Hopkinson   January 8, 2016   Comments Off on New insecticides for the control of silverleaf whitefly (SLW) in cotton, and considerations for resistance management

Two new insecticides have recently been registered to control Bemisia tabaci B-biotype in cotton. Product Insecticide group Active ingredient Pest Exirel® anthranilic diamide (Group 28) cyantraniliprole SLW, Helicoverpa, cotton aphid (suppression only) Starkle® neonicotinoid (Group 4A) dinotefuran SLW & green mirid Exirel® was registered for cotton use in the 2013/14 season, and Starkle® has been registered for the current cotton… Read more »