S.J. Vega's research while affiliated with University of California, Riverside and other places

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Article
The Argentine ant, Linepithema humile (Mayr), is one of the most important invasive ant species in agricultural, urban and natural environments of Mediterranean climates worldwide. The following review is intended to summarize the important literature regarding the systematics, biology and control of this species. Special emphasis has been given to...

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... In Florida, generalist predators such as coccinellids can cause >95% mortality of ACP parasitized by T. radiata (Michaud, 2004) and this can cause parasitism estimates in the field to be underestimated (Michaud, 2004;Qureshi and Stansly, 2009). In California, invasive ants such as Linepithema humile (Mayr) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) which form mutualisms with honeydew producing Hemiptera such as ACP, provide active defence from predators and parasitoids, and can considerably reduce the efficacy of biological control agents in citrus orchards (Vega and Rust, 2001). Whilst undeniably useful in minimizing immigration into commercial orchards from urban trees (backyard citrus) and abandoned groves, the level of control offered by indigenous and imported natural enemies is not adequate as a stand-alone practice in commercial orchards because of ingress of psyllids from abandoned orchards (Lewis-Rosenblum et al., 2015). ...