Would the date stone beetle Coccotrypes dactyliperda (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) infest almond (Prunus dulcis) crops?

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Abstract

Isolated nineteenth and early twentieth century observations found that date stone beetles, Coccotrypes dactyliperda Fabricius would feed on and breed in almonds. As spermatophagus C. dactyliperda could pose a threat to the almond industry, beetles were offered four different almond varieties in a controlled feeding experiment. The almonds were universally rejected, seemingly contradicting previous observations. Directions for further research are suggested, examining lineage-based gustatory preferences and whether almonds packaged for human consumption are vulnerable while natural and freshly shelled almonds are not.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOriental Insects
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Sep 2020

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