1226 A binomial and species-independent approach to trap capture analysis of flying insects

Wednesday, November 19, 2008: 4:44 PM
Room A3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Christian Nansen , Entomology, Texas AgriLife Research, Lubbock, TX
William Meikle , Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, USDA - ARS, Tucson, AZ
Traps for monitoring of flying insect pests constitute a critical part of integrated pest management strategies. The main purpose of this study was to identify a trap capture interpretation approach with little sensitivity to characteristics specific to a given data set, which would allow easier comparison of trapping data sets and make it easier to standardize sampling plans across insect pests and trapping environments. Across 13 trapping data sets of six insect species, we showed a consistent non-linear relationship between average trap captures and number of traps with zero captures and that the k can be stabilized by converting trapping data into binomial data. A trap interpretation approach based on number of zero captures is both easy to use, was found to be species-independent, and means that it may be possible to establish meaningful and reliable action thresholds based on trap captures of flying insects. Although developed using trapping data from food facilities, this approach may have application to trapping data from other environments as well.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.37902

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