Agonistic interactions between nymphs of Lycorma delicatula (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae)

Daehan Choi, Kwang Ho Kim, Yikweon Jang

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The nymphs of Lycorma delicatula typically aggregate on tree branches for feeding. We studied agonistic interactions between nymphs in the field and investigated the effects of prior residence and body size on contest outcome. Resident nymphs maintained positions on tree branches and engaged in feeding, whereas intruding nymphs moved along tree branches. When an intruder approached, the resident typically raised its front legs as a threat posture. The intruder would either move away or palpate the resident, and the resident often lowered its body when palpated. The intruder would then attempt to shake the resident back and forth, with the number of attempts varying from one to several. The resident either maintained its position or fled. After a contest, the winner was determined to be the one occupying the contested position on the branch. The resident nymphs won 84.2% of the agonistic encounters, and the nymphs with larger body size won 63.2% of the agonistic encounters. Logistic regression analysis revealed that prior residence was a significant factor for the contest outcome, but body size was not. We discuss the hypotheses for the dominance of the residents in agonistic interactions between nymphs of L. delicatula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Asia-Pacific Entomology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Prior residence
  • Resource holding potential
  • Resource value
  • Territorial contest


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