Can Vibrational Playback Improve Control of an Invasive Stink Bug?

  • Jernej PolajnarEmail author
  • Lara Maistrello
  • Aya Ibrahim
  • Valerio Mazzoni
Part of the Animal Signals and Communication book series (ANISIGCOM, volume 6)


Improved understanding of the function of insect vibrational signals has spurred development of a vibrational method for mass-trapping the brown marmorated stink bug, which is currently one of the most notorious invasive insect pests. We outline the ongoing research program, which started with the basic description of close-range sexual behaviour that is mediated by vibrational signals, and continued with testing of a promising female vibrational signal that proved to be considerably attractive to males in playback trials. On this basis, a bi-modal trap was constructed, comprising an aggregation pheromone dispenser, the vibrational signal playback and a device for electrocuting the attracted animals in a pyramid trap design. Preliminary field trial results are discussed in the context of the interplay between chemical and vibrational modalities during reproductive behaviour in stink bugs, and the potential for achieving environmentally friendlier control of this pest.



The authors thank their colleagues who have contributed to the work presented here: Prof. Gianfranco Anfora (University of Trento), Prof. Roberto Guidetti (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), and Dr. Marco Valerio Rossi Stacconi (Fondazione Edmund Mach). The authors also thank the students who contributed with their work to this research: Marta Baldini, Ambra Bertarella, Valeria Fattoruso and Roberto Miselli. The work on BMSB was funded by the grant “Innovative tools and protocols for monitoring and sustainable control of the alien stink bug Halyomorpha halys, a new phytosanitary threat, and of other harmful heteropterans for the fruit crops of the territory of Modena” (2013.065) of “Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena”. The first author was also supported by the Slovenian Research Agency (research core funding no. P1-0255). The authors also thank Vittorio Veronelli, Carlo Lotti and Marco Baldo of CBC-Europe for providing the necessary support to develop prototypes of vibrotraps.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jernej Polajnar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lara Maistrello
    • 2
  • Aya Ibrahim
    • 3
    • 4
  • Valerio Mazzoni
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute of BiologyLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaReggio EmiliaItaly
  3. 3.Fondazione Edmund MachSan Michele all’AdigeItaly
  4. 4.University of UdineUdineItaly

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