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Functional and behavioural response data of the anthocorid Anthocoris nemoralis to Cacopsylla pyri, at different temperatures, Kent, UK

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This dataset contains functional response data for the anthocorid Anthocoris nemoralis consuming pear sucker (Cacopsylla pyri) nymphs at three different temperatures (18, 21, and 23°C). The number of nymphs consumed after 24hrs were counted at 5 different prey densities (5,10,15,30 and 50 nymphs) to calculate a functional response.

The dataset also contains behavioural responses of the anthocorid Anthocoris nemoralis to pear sucker (Cacopsylla pyri) nymphs, eggs and no food as a control. The time spent demonstrating 6 different behaviours (feeding, moving, moving leaf, antennating, cleaning and stationary), was recorded over a 20-minute time period. The velocity, distance travelled, time spent in the centre and edge zones by the anthocorid were also recorded.

Finally, the dataset includes the temperature and relative humidity of the three controlled temperature cabinets, during the duration of the experiments. These were measured using an EasyLog USB datalogger at five minute intervals.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Reeves, Laura ORCID logoORCID:
Rights-holders: Laura Reeves
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2023
Data last accessed: 9 April 2024
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Organisational units: Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Sustainable Land Management > Centre for Agri-environmental Research (CAER)
Participating Organisations: University of Reading, National Institute of Agricultural Botany
Keywords: functional response, anthocorid, pear sucker, temperature
Data Availability: OPEN


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