Fabrication and testing of artificial emerald ash borer visual decoys

Drew Patrick Pulsifer, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Mahesh S. Narkhede, Michael J. Domingue, Beverly G. Post, Jayant Kumar, Raúl José Martín-Palma, Thomas Charles Baker

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The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, is an invasive species threatening the ash trees of North America. EABs exhibit a mating behavior in which the flying male will spot a stationary female at rest, then execute a pouncing maneuver where he dives sharply onto the female. It is thought that this pouncing behavior is cued by some visual signal from the elytra of the EAB. A method for replicating the elytra of the EAB as artificial decoys was devised and implemented. In a field experiment, four types of bioreplicated EAB decoys with a dead EAB female to determine if the former were effective at cuing the pouncing behavior in males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2013
StatePublished - Jun 4 2013
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2013 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 11 2013Mar 13 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Pulsifer, D. P., Lakhtakia, A., Narkhede, M. S., Domingue, M. J., Post, B. G., Kumar, J., Martín-Palma, R. J., & Baker, T. C. (2013). Fabrication and testing of artificial emerald ash borer visual decoys. In Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2013 [86860L] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 8686). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2010021