Prof. Moshe Coll

Moshe Coll, Ph.D.

Professor of Insect Ecology



  • Ph.D. Entomology University of Maryland at College Park; 1991
  • M.Sc. Zoology Tel Aviv University; 1985
  • B.Sc. Life Science Tel Aviv University; 1982


Research Interests:

  • Applied insect ecology
  • Population biology of herbivores and their natural enemies
  • Insect omnivores in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Biological pest control
  • Integrated pest management



  • General Ecology
  • Insect Ecology
  • Biological Pest Control
  • Entomology Lab for Non-Majors



  • 2011 – pres. Head, Hebrew University Teaching Policy and Regulation Committee
  • 2009 – 2011 Vice-Dean for Academic affairs, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • 2005 – 2009 Academic Head, International MSc Program in Plant Sciences
  • 2003 – 2008 Head, Department of Entomology




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Research in our lab reflects a broad interest in various aspects of insect ecology, from behavioral to population and community ecology; from insect-plant to predator-prey and complex trophic interactions; from the scale of a single leaf to that of the landscape; and from natural to managed agricultural ecosystems. In our work we strive to combine basic ecological principles and problem-solving researchin biological control, integrated pest management, and conservation biology. We employ both theoretical approaches, such as computer simulations and basic analytical models, and experimental work in the field, greenhouse and lab. The integration of ecological and agricultural perspectives in our research enables us to test basic biological principles in simplified, more controllable crop plant systems. At the same time, ecological insights offer us the opportunity to advance biologically-based pest management approaches toward more sustainable, economically viable, and environmentally-friendly agricultural production systems. Thus, specific projects in the lab can be placed at various points along the continuum between basic ecology and applied entomology. To date, our research has focused on three related and sometime overlapping areas: omnivory, spatial dynamics of arthropods in the landscape, and applied entomology. Occasionally, however, students and post-docs conduct research in other fields. Detailed descriptions of specific projects are provided under "Lab members" and "Lab alumni".

Omnivory, feeding on both prey and plant materials (termed, true omnivory) or on prey that occupy different trophic levels (e.g., trophic omnivory, intraguild predation), is widespread in ecological systems. We investigate how availability of various foods influences the behavior (food choice and switching, reproductive biology, predator evasion and more), nutrition, demographic traits, and population dynamics of omnivores, and the structure and function of communities which include omnivorous consumers. Investigations on true omnivory look primarily at omnivorous mites, true bugs and ladybeetles. Studies on IGP occasionally involve parasitoid wasps, as well. Research at the community level is particularly pertinent to the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function. Communities with greater numbers of species are more likely to include consumers that compete with herbivores for shared plant resources, and predators that feed on other predators. Work in our lab and elsewhere suggests that true omnivores are more effective than predators in suppressing pest populations due to their ability to sustain themselves by feeding on pollen, and to stay in the field when prey becomes scarce. Trophic omnivores, however, may have a negative effect on biological pest control; they may release herbivore populations from natural control by preying on effective predators of pest species. The challenge is to (i) identify and avoid conditions under which true omnivores become pests and damage crops, and (ii) promote synergistic actions oftrophic omnivores and other predators, to better suppress pest populations in the field.

Spatial dynamics (movement) of consumers among patch habitats in the landscape is a central force influencing population dynamics and community structure and function. Our work in this field is aimed at (i) understanding how properties of crop and non-crop vegetation influence the activity of pests and their natural enemies, and thus the extent of crop damage and biological pest control in agricultural fields, and (ii) assessing the influence of pest and enemy spillovers from crop fields on nearby natural communities. Towards the first objective, we work to minimize adverse effects of weeds and natural vegetation that serve as sources of pest infestations for neighboring crops. At that same time, we aim to maximize the biological control services such non-crop vegetation provides for farmers. We are particularly interested in enhancing the activity of omnivorous predators and parasitoids of key agricultural pests through the supply of plant-provided resources.Such conservation of biological control should be the foundation for anymodern agricultural system. Our research on agriculture spillovers is rooted in the recognition that pests and enemies may leave agricultural fields in large numbers after harvest, and colonize nearby natural habitats. Such large spillovers can subsidize natural communities, potentially altering their structure and function. This effect may be important for conservation biology, especially in arid regions. In these areas, there is a pronounced difference between highly productive crop fields which are typically irrigated, fertilized, densely planted and enemy-enhanced, and the surrounding parched landscape characterized by sparse vegetation and low animal densities. Any large scale influx of pests and enemies between agricultural and natural habitats may increase herbivory on desert plants, availability of prey to local predators, and the intensity of antagonistic interactions between agricultural and desert-based enemies. Such effects could dramatically alter characteristics of desert communities such as species diversity, dynamics, trophic interactions, and matter and energy flow.

Applied entomology work in our lab is aimed at developing sustainable pest management systems with minimal use of pesticides that jeopardize human health and the environment. Such systems rely on cost-effective pest monitoring; scientifically-established economic thresholds; the use of pest resistant cultivars; effective pest-suppressing cultural practices; and conservation and enhancement of naturally-occurring predators, parasitoids and pathogens of key pests. Our efforts include all of these components and typically involve investigations of relationships among crop plants, pests and natural enemies, and the environmental factors influencing these relationships. To date, our applied work has addressed a variety of pests, including aphids, thrips, pestiferous mites, moth and butterfly larvae, beetles and flies; natural enemies such as parasitoid wasps and predatory mites, ladybeetles, lacewings and true bugs); and various vegetable, field and fruit crops such as cabbage, strawberries, pepper, tomato, wheat, cotton, potato, pears and olives. We have investigated topics such as the effect of nitrogen fertilization on pests and enemies, preference and performance of pests and enemies on various crop plants, colonization time of crops by pests and enemies, pest and parasitoid dispersal, distribution patterns of pests in the field, the effect of field conditions on pest populations, release rate of natural enemies in biological control programs, to name a few. As a result of our research, pesticide applications to potato, strawberry, pepper, avocado and pear crops have been drastically reduced or eliminated.

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Lab Members







Moshe Coll
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Moshe COLL 
Ph.D. Entomology UMD
Professor of Insect Ecology Applied insect ecology
Biological pest control


Ruth Ann Yonah
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Ruth Ann YONAH 
BSc: Cornell Univ, USA
MSc: Entomology, HU Rehovot
Lab manager & Technician Insect taxonomy, biology and mass rearing


Maria Dally
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Maria Dally 
BSc: TAU 2014 Biology
MSc: HU Rehovot, 2017 Environmental Quality
PhD student

MSc: Intra-specific variation in fitness gained by pollen-feeding in Hippodamia variegata PDF
PhD: Utilization of plant and prey food sources by omnivorous insects: the role of symbiotic bacteria

CoA: Einat Zchori-Fein
Shahar Oz
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Shahar Oz 
BSc: HU Rehovot, 2015 Agroecology and Plant Health
MSc student The Effect of prey and plant-provided food availability in the habitat on the diet of the seven-spotted ladybeetle, Coccinella septempunctata  
Michal Eldar-Liebreich
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Michal Eldar-Liebreich 
BSc: HU Rehovot, 2005 Plant Science and Biotechnology
MSc: HU Rehovot, 2009 Plant Science
PhD student Evaluation of the relations between arthropod biodiversity and phytochemical diversity in crop yield  
Shaked Eshet
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Shaked ESHET 
BSc: HU Rehovot, 2005 Plant Sci.
MSc student, Agroecology and Plant Health Omnivore Microbe interactions CoA: Einat Zchori-Fein
Tal Shapira
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BSc: HUJI 2009, Life Sci.
MSc: HU Rehovot, 2015 Environmental Quality
PhD student

Effect of pollinators, pests and their natural enemies on fruit and seed set: Plant-mediated interacting ecosystem services

CoA: Yael Mandelik


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Books - Edited

Coll M. and J.R. Ruberson (eds.) 1998. Predatory Heteroptera: Their ecology and use in biological control. Thomas Say Publications, Entomological Society of America. Lanham, MD. 233 pp.

Gerling, D., Steinberg, S., and M. Coll. 2016. Pest Management in an Ever-Changing World. Proceedings of the IOBC/WPRS Working Group "Integrated Control in Protected Crops, Mediterranean Climate", Rehovot, Israel, 11-15 October 2015. 119pp.

Coll M. and E. Wajnberg (eds). 2017. Environmental Pest Management: Challenges for Agronomists, Ecologists, Economists and Policymakers. Wiley-Blackwell Pub. 448pp.

Chapters in Collections

Coll M. 1998. Living and feeding on plants in predatory Heteroptera. 89-130. In M. Coll & J.R Ruberson (eds.) Predatory Heteroptera in agroecosystems: Their ecology and use in biological control. Thomas Say Publications, Entomological Society of America. 233 pp.

Coll M. and J.R. Ruberson. 1998. Predatory Heteroptera: An important yet neglected group of natural enemies. 1-6. In M. Coll & J.R. Ruberson (eds.) Predatory Heteroptera in agroecosystems: Their ecology and use in biological control. Thomas Say Publications, Entomological Society of America. 233 pp.

RubersonJ.R. and M. Coll. 1998. Research needs for the predaceous Heteroptera. 225-233. In M. Coll & J.R. Ruberson (eds.) Predatory Heteroptera in agroecosystems: Their ecology and use in biological control. Thomas Say Publications, Entomological Society of America. 233 pp.

Coll M. 1998. Parasitoids activity and plant species composition in intercropped systems. 85-120. In C.H. Pickett & R. Bugg (eds.) Enhancing biological control: habitat management to promote natural enemies of agricultural pests. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 422 pp.

Coll M. 1999. Anthocoridae. In K.L. Steffey et al.,  Handbook of corn insects, Entomological Society of America, Lanham, MD. 164 pp.

Coll M. and K.R. Hopper. 2004. Guild structure of aphid parasitoids in broccoli: influence of host and neighboring crops. p 259-264. In NM Endersby & PM Ridland eds. The management of diamondback moth and other crucifer pests. The Regional Institute Ltd, Gosford NSW, Australia. 415pp

Coll M. 2004. Precision agriculture approaches in support of ecological engineering for pest management, p. 133-142. In G.M. Gurr, S.D. Wratten & M.A. Altieri (eds.) Ecological engineering for pest management: advances in habitat manipulation for arthropods. CSIRO Publishing, Australia. 225pp.

Coll M.  2009.  Feeding on non-prey resources by natural enemies, p. ix-xxiii. An invited Foreword Chapterix-xxiii pp. In J. G. Lundgran, Relationships of Natural Enemies and Non-Prey Foods. Springer Publishers. 453pp.

Coll M. and E. Wajnberg. 2017. Environmental Pest Management: a Call for Shifting from a Pest-Centric to System-Centric Approach. 1-18p.           In: Coll M. and E. Wajnberg (eds). Environmental Pest Management: Challenges for Agronomists, Ecologists, Economists and Policymakers. Wiley-Blackwell Pub. 448pp.

Coll M. and E. Wajnberg. 2017. Environmental Pest Management: a call for shifting from a pest-centric to system-centric approach. 405-418p. In: Coll M. and E. Wajnberg (eds). Environmental Pest Management: the Need for Long-Term Governmental Commitment. Wiley-Blackwell Pub. 448pp.

Review and Editorial Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

Hardin M.R., Benrey B., Coll M., Lamp W.O., Roderick G.K. and P. Barbosa. 1995. Arthropod pest resurgence: an overview of potential mechanisms. Forum Paper Crop Protection, 14: 3-18.

Coll M. and M. Guershon. 2002  Omnivory in terrestrial arthropods: mixing plant and prey diets. Invited Review Annual Review of Entomology, 47: 267-297.

Rosenheim J.A. and M. Coll. 2008. Pest-centric vs. process-centric research in agricultural entomology. CommentaryAmerican Entomologist, 54: 70-72.

Coll M. 2009. Conservation biological control and the management of biological control services: are they the same? Invited Editorial Phytoparasitica 37: 205-208.

Scientific Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

Oron U., Sokolover M., Yawetz A., Broza M., Sneh B. and A. Honigman. 1985. Ultrastructural changes in the larval midgut epithelium of Spodopteralittoralis following ingestion of endotoxin of Bacillus thuringiensis var entomocidus.Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 45: 353-355.

Coll M., Hefetz A. and H.A. Lloyd. 1987. Adnexal glands chemistry of Messor ebeninus Forel (Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung, 42: 1027-1029.

Coll M. and D.G. Bottrell. 1991. Microhabitat and resource selection of the European corn borer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and its natural enemies in field corn. Environmental Entomology, 20: 526-533.

Coll M. and D.G. Bottrell. 1992. Mortality by natural enemies in European corn borer larvae in different corn micro-habitats. Biological Control, 2: 95-103.

Coll M., Garcia de Mendoza L. and G.K. Roderick. 1994. Population structure of a predatory beetle: the importance of gene flow for intertrophic level interactions. Heredity, 72: 228-236.

Coll M. and D.G. Bottrell. 1994. Effects of a nonhost plant on an insect herbivore in diverse habitats. Ecology, 75: 723-731.

Coll M. and D.G. Bottrell. 1995. Predator-prey association in mono- and di-cultures: Effect of maize and bean vegetation. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 54: 115-125.

Coll M. and R.L. Ridgway. 1995. Functional and numerical responses of Oriusinsidiosus (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae) to its prey in different vegetable crops. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 88: 732-738.

Coll M. 1996. Feeding and ovipositing on plants by an omnivorous insect predator. Oecologia, 105: 214-220.

RapusasH.R., Bottrell D.G. and M. Coll. 1996. Intraspecific variation in the chemical attraction of rice to insect predators. Biological Control, 6: 394-400.

Coll M. and D.G. Bottrell. 1996. Movement of an insect parasitoid in simple and diverse plant assemblages. Ecological Entomology, 21: 141-144.

AtakanE., Coll M. and D. Rosen. 1996. Within-plant distribution of thrips and their predators: effects of cotton variety and developmental stage. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 86: 641-646.

Coll M., Smith L.A. and R.L. Ridgway. 1997. Effect of plants on the searching efficiency of a generalist predator: the importance of predator-prey spatial association. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 83: 1-10.

Coll M ., Fleischer S.J. and D. Rosen. 1997. Marking potato tuberworm (Lepidoptera: Gelecheiidae) with rubidium for dispersal studies. Journal of Economic Entomology, 90:154-159.

Coll M. and S. Izraylevich. 1997. When predators also feed on plants: effects of competition and plant quality on omnivore-prey population dynamics. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 90: 155-161.

Coll M and S. Abd-Rabou. 1998. Effect of oil emulsion sprays on parasitoids of the Black Parlatoria, Parlatoria ziziphi(Lucas), in Grapefruit. BioControl, 43: 29-37.

Zhou X., Coll M. and S.W. Applebaum. 2000. Effect of temperature and photoperiod on juvenile hormone biosynthesis and sexual maturation in the cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera: implications for life history traits. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 30: 863-868.

Zchori-Fein E., Gottlieb Y. and M. Coll. 2000 Wolbachia density and host fitness components in Muscidifurax uniraptor(Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 75: 267-272.

Zhou X., Factor O., Applebaum S.W. and M. Coll. 2000  Population structure of the pestiferous moth Helicoverpaarmigera (Hubner) in the eastern Mediterranean using RAPD analysis. Heredity, 85: 251-256.

Coll M., Gavish S. and I. Dori. 2000  Population biology of the potato tuber moth, Phthorimaeaoperculella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in two potato cropping systems in Israel. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 90: 309-315.

Zhou X., Applebaum S.W. and M. Coll. 2000 Overwintering and spring migration in the cotton bollworm Helicoverpaarmigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Israel. Environmental Entomology, 29: 1289-1294.

Nevo E. and M. Coll. 2001 Effects of nitrogen fertilization on Aphis gossypii: variations in color, size and reproduction. Journal of Economic Entomology,94: 27-32.

Shaltiel L. and M. Coll.  2004. Reduction of pear psylla damage by the predatory bug Anthocorisnemoralis (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae): The importance of orchard colonization time and neighboring vegetation. Biocontrol Science & Technology, 14: 811-821.

MulatuB., Applebaum S.W. and M. Coll. 2004. A recently acquired host plant provides an oligophagous insect herbivore with enemy-free space. Oikos 107: 231-238.

Coll M. and B. Yuval. 2004. Larval food-plants affect flight and reproduction in an oligophagous insect herbivore. Environmental Entomology, 33: 1471-1476.

Ode P.J., Hopper K.R. and M. Coll. 2005. Oviposition vs. offspring fitness in Aphidius colemani parasitizing different aphid species. Entomologia, Experimentalis et Applicata, 115: 303-310.

Groenteman R., Guershon M. and M. Coll. 2006.  Effects of leaf nitrogen content on oviposition site selection, offspring performance and intraspecific interactions in an omnivorous bug. Ecological Entomology, 31: 155-161.

Mulatu B., Applebaum S.W., Kerem Z. and M. Coll. 2006. Tomato fruit size, maturity and a-tomatine content influence the performance of potato tuber moth larvae. Bulletin of Entomological Research 96: 173-178.

MulatuB., ApplebaumS.W. and M. Coll. 2006. Effect of tomato leaf traits on the potato tuber moth and its predominant larval parasitoid: a mechanism for enemy-free space. Biological Control, 37: 231-236.

Bilu E.,  Hopper K.R. and M. Coll. 2006. Host choice by Aphidius colemani:effects of plants, plant-aphid combinations and the presence of intraguild predators. Ecological Entomology, 31: 331-336

Coll M., Shakya S., Shouster I., Y. Nenner and S. Steinberg. 2007 Decision-making tools for Frankliniella occidentalismanagement in strawberry: consideration of target markets EntomologiaExperimentalis et Applicata, 122: 59-67

Beck M. and M. Coll. 2007. Plant and prey consumption cause similar reductions in cannibalism by an omnivorous bug. Journal of Insect Behavior, 20: 67-76.

Bilu E. and M. Coll. 2007. The importance of intraguild interactions to the combined effect of a parasitoid and a predator on aphid population suppression.  BioControl, 52:753–763.

Mulatu B., Applebaum S.W. and M. Coll. 2007. Biological performance of potato tuber moth on tomatoes leaves. Pest Management Journal of Ethiopia 11: 61-67.

Coll M. and L. Hughes. 2008.  Effects of elevated CO2 on an insect omnivore: a test for nutritional effects mediated by host plants and prey.  Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 123: 271-279.

Gavish E., Lubin Y. and M. Coll. 2008. Migration patterns and functional groups of spiders in a desert agroecosystem. Ecological Entomology, 33: 202–212

Bilu E. and M. Coll. 2009. Parasitized aphids are inferior prey for a coccinellid predator: implications for intraguild predation. Environmental Entomology, 38: 153-158.

Gavish E., Rotkopf R., Lubin Y. and M. Coll. 2009. Consumption of aphids by spiders and the effect of additional prey: evidence from microcosm experiments. BioControl, 54: 341-350.

Leon-Beck M. and M. Coll. 2009.  The mating system of the flower bug Orius laevigatus. Biological Control, 50: 199-203.

Shakya S., Weintraub P. and M. Coll.  2009. Effect of pollen supplement on intraguild predatory interactions between two omnivores: the importance of spatial dynamics. Biological Control, 50: 281-287.

Miller E., Coll M. and L. Stone. 2010. Complementary predation on metamorphosing species promotes stability in predator-prey systems. Theoretical Ecology, 3: 153-161.

Shakya S., Coll M. and P. Weintraub.  2010. Incorporation of intraguild predation into a pest management decision-making tool: the case of thrips and two pollen-feeding predators in strawberry.  Journal of Economic Entomology, 103: 1086-1093

Miller E. and M. Coll. 2010. Spatial distribution and deviations from the Ideal Free Distribution when animals forage over large resource patches. Behavioral Ecology, 21: 927-935.

Tabic A., Yonah R. and M. Coll. 2010. Association between omnivorous Orius bugs and their thrips prey at different spatial scales of Verbesinaencelioides flowers. Israel Journal of Plant Science, 58: 131-141.

Shaltiel-HarpazL., R. Kedoshim, D. Openhiem,  R. Sterna and M. Coll. 2010. Effect of host plant makeup, nitrogen fertilization and growth regulators on pear psylla populations. Israel Journal of Plant Science, 58: 149-156.

MaozY., Gal S., Zilberstein M., Noy M., Izhar Y., Alchanatis V., Coll M. and E. Palevsky. 2011.  Determining an economic injury level for the persea mite Oligonychusperseae, a new pest of avocados in Israel. EntomologiaExperimentalis et Applicata, 138: 110-116.

Moles A.T., 26 co-authorsColl M.21 co-authors.  2011. Putting plant resistance traits on the map: a test of the idea that plants are better defended at lower latitudes.  New Phytologist, 191: 777-788.

Maoz Y., Gal S., Argov Y., Coll M. and E. Palevsky. 2011. Biocontrol of persea mite, Oligonychusperseae, with an exotic spider mite predator and an indigenous pollen feeder. Biological Control, 59: 147-157.

Miller E. and M. Coll. 2012. Effects of local interaction range and mobility on the spatio-temporal dynamics of competing animals in uniform habitats. Population Ecology, 54: 205-212.

Schuldiner-Harpaz T. and M. Coll 2012.  Identification of Orius (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae) females based on egg operculum structure. Journal of Economic Entomology, 105(5): 1520-1523

Neeson T.M., Salomon M. and M. Coll. 2013 . Nutrient-specific foraging leads to Allee  effects and dynamic functional responses. Oikos, 122: 265-273.

Schuldiner-Harpaz T. and M. Coll. 2013. Effects of global warming on predatory bugs supported by data across geographic and seasonal climatic gradients. PLoS ONE 8(6): e66622. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066622.

Maoz Y., Gal S., Argov Y., Domeratzky S., Melamed E., Gan-Mor S., Coll M., Palevsky E. 2014. Efficacy of indigenous phytoseiids against the citrus rust mite (Phyllocoptruta oleivora): augmentation and conservation biological control in Israeli citrus orchards. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 63: 295–312.

Adler V.H., Lubin Y. and M. Coll. 2014. Spillover of crop herbivores into adjacent desert habitats. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 193, 117–124.

Salomon M., Aflalo E.D., Coll M. and Y. Lubin. 2015. Dramatic histological changes preceding suicidal maternal care in the subsocial spider Stegodyphus lineatus (Araneae: Eresidae). Journal of Arachnology, 43: 77-85.

RozenbergT., Shealtiel-Harpaz L. and M. Coll. 2015. Visualizing eggs of Nesidiocoris tenuis (Heteroptera: Miridae) embedded in tomato plant tissues. Entomological Science, 18: 400-402.

Maoz, Y., Gal, S., Argov, Y., Domeratzky, S., Coll, M., and Palevsky, E. (2016). Intraguild interactions among specialised pollen feeders and generalist phytoseiids and their effect on citrus rust mite suppression. Pest management science, 72: 940-949.

Schuldiner‐Harpaz, T., and Coll M. (2016). Estimating the effect of plant‐provided food supplements on pest consumption by omnivorous predators: lessons from two coccinellid beetles. Pest Management Science, 73: 976-983.

Schuldiner-Harpaz, T., Coll M., and Weintraub, P.G. (2016). Prey and pollen food choice depends on prbevious diet in an omnivorous predatory mite. Environmental Entomology, 45: 995-998.

Schuldiner-Harpaz, T. and M. Coll. (2017). Effect of diet history on prey and pollen food choice by two lady beetle species. Journal of Insect Behavior, 30: 432-438.

Schuldiner-Harpaz T. and M. Coll. Mixing prey and plant foods: the influence of proximity and spatial distribution of complementary resources on pest consumption by omnivores. Pest Management Science (submitted)

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Lab alumni

Graduate Students






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BSc: Plant Protection, HU Rehovot 
Current Post: Research Ass., 
ARO, Ministry of Agriculture

M.Sc. 1997

Integrated control of the potato tuberworm, 
Phthorimaea operculella (Zeler): The ecological background PDF


D. Rosen


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BSc: Plant Protection, HU Rehovot 
Current Post: Pollination Services, 
Yad Mordechai

M.Sc. 1998

Spatio-temporal dynamics of pest population in field crops PDF


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Ettay NEVO

Current Post: Science Reporter, 
Israel National Radio

M.Sc. 1999


The effect of nitrogen fertilization on cotton aphid, 
Aphis gossypii Glover, in cotton PDF



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Xiaofeng Zhou

BSc: Agric, Zhejiang Univ. CHINA
Current Post: Research Scientist, 
University of Toledo, OH, USA

Ph.D. 2000

Physiological and Ecological Aspects of Migration and Diapause in the Cotton Bollworm Helicoverpa armigera PDF


S. Applebaum

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Cont Ed: PhD, Univ. Canterbury, NZ
Current Post: Landcare Research, Lincoln NZ

B.Sc. Honor (Amirim) 2001 
M.Sc. 2004

Factors that affect predation and reproduction in the omnivorous bug Orius albidipennis (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) PDF

Intraspecific and intraguild effects on egg deposition by Orius albidipennis Reuter PDF


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Einat BILU

BSc: Plant Protection, HU Rehovot
Current Post: Manager, Fresh Ag product Qual & Safety, Mor Int'l

M.Sc. 2001
Ph.D. 2006

Host range and the effect of plants on the parasitic wasp Aphidius colemani

Optimal host choice by the parasitic wasp Aphidius colemani Viereck: influence of host, host plant and predators PDF

Combined PhD program
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Current Post: Current Post: R&D, BioBee, Sde Eliyahu

M.Sc. 2001

Development of decision-making tools for the control of the western flower thrips Franklinella occidentalis (Pergande) in protected sweet pepper in the Arava valley PDF


CoA: S. Steinberg

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BSc, MSc: Zoology, Tel Aviv Univ.
Current Post: Ass. Prof., Vet School, HU

M.Sc. 2001
Ph.D. 2006

Influences of parthenogenesis-inducing Wolbachiaon its parasitic-wasp hosts PDF


CoA: E. Zehori-Fein





Current Post: R&D, BioBee, Sde Eliyahu

M.Sc. 2001

Reproductive development in Orius laevigatus(Fieber) a predatory bug of the Western Flower Thrips PDF

CoA: S. Steinberg

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BSc, MSc: Alemaya University, ETHIOPIA
Current Post: Senior Res Entomol, Ethiopian Inst. Agric. Res.

Ph.D. 2002

Tritrophic level interactions in Ethiopian tomato systems: effects of plants on potato tuber moth, Phthorimaea opercuella (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) and its parasitoids PDF

CoA: S. Applebaum

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BSc: HU Rehovot
Current Post: Current Post: Tour Guide, Nirtours4u

M.Sc. 2002

Temporal and spatial dynamic of guilds of Hymenoptera parasitoids attacking aphids in various agricultural crops PDF

CoA: S. Applebaum

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BSc, MSc: Ecology, BGU 
Current Post: Ass. Prof. Tel Hai College

Ph.D. 2002

The spatial dynamics of the omnivorousHeteroptera anthocoris nemoralis : Effects of host plants and prey PDF

See also: Moshe Coll


BSc: Plant Protection, HU Rehovot 
Current Post:R&D, BioFly, Sde Eliyahu

M.Sc. 2003

Ecological and agricultural implication of tritrophic level interactions between strawberry plants, the western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis, and the predatory bug Orius laevigatus PDF

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BSc: Ecology, BGU 
Current Post:Post-Doc Fellow, Tel Aviv Univ

M.Sc. 2003 
Ph.D. 2008

Spider assemblages in natural and agri-cultural systems in the Negev desert

Herbivores Suppression by Generalist Predators in Desert Agroecosystems PDF

Ben Gurion Univ.; Combined PhD programCoA: Y. Lubin

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BSc, MSc: Physics, BGU 
Current Post:Post-Doc Fellow, Gertner Institute for Epidemiology

M.Sc. 2005
Ph.D. 2010

The effect of searching efficiency on predator-prey dynamics: empirical and theoretical study of the omnivorous bug Orius laevigatus and its prey PDF

Spatial and temporal dynamics of structured-populations: Theoretical analyses PDF

See also: Moshe Coll

Sulochana SHAKYA

Current Post:Ass. Prof., Himalayan Coll. Agric Sci & Technol. & NGO VP, NEPAL

M.Sc. 2005 

Damage by Western flower thrips, Frankaliniella occidentalis to strawberry: Effect of pest density, pollen and interaction between its predators Orius laevigatus and Neoseiulus cucumeris PDF PDF

CoA: P. Weintraub


Sharon TAM

BSc: Plant Prot, HU Rehovot 
Current Post: Gedera Seed Co.

M.Sc. 2005

Aspects of the ecology and biological control of the Diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella L.: population dynamics, host plant effect and parasitoid guild structure PDF

See also: Moshe Coll


BSc: Alemaya University, ETHIOPIA 
Current Post:Post Grad studies, Gent Univ, Belgium

M.Sc. 2005 

Parasitism by Diadgama semiclausum of diamondback moth larvae on three cruciferous host plants PDF

Non-thesis International MSc Program

See also: Moshe Coll


Current Post: R&D, BioBee, Sde Eliyahu

B.Sc. Honor
Amirim 2006 
M.Sc. 2008

Spatial predator-prey interactions between omnivorous Orius predators and their thrips Prey PDF

Biological control of the olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae (Rossi) in Israel PDF

CoA: E. Zehori-Fein

See also: Moshe Coll


Current Post:R&D, BioBee, Sde Eliyahu

M.Sc. 2006

The omnivorous bug Creontiades pallidus Rambur (Heteroptera: Miridae) in pepper: When does damage occur?

CoA: S. Steinberg




M.Sc. 2006 

Various aspects of the interactions between the symbiotic bacterium Cardinium and its insect hostsPDF PDF

CoA: E. Zehori-Fein

See also: Moshe Coll

Carmit SOFER

BSc: Plant Sci, HU Rehovot 
Current Post: High school teacher, Kiryat Shmona

M.Sc. 2006

Reproduction and population expansion of thorny weeds in pasture PDF

CoA: J. Kigel

See also: Moshe Coll


BSc: Animal Sci, HU Rehovot 
Current Post: PhD studies Sci Edu, HU

M.Sc. 2007

The reproductive biology of the omnivorous bug Orius laevigatus PDF

See also: Moshe Coll


Current Post: PhD studies, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

M.Sc. 2007

Interactions between the predatory bug Orius laevigatus and the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema feltiae, natural enemies of the Western Flower Thrips PDF

Non-thesis International MSc Program

Yonatan Maoz
See also: Moshe Coll

Yonatan MAOZ

BSc: Life Sci. Tel Aviv Univ

Current Post: ענף האבוקדו, מועצת הצמחים


MSc 2008

PhD 2014

Msc- Integrated pest management of Oligonychus perseae: Development of action thresholds, conservation and identification of indigenous natural enemies.

PhD- Pollen provisioning in orchard systems and its effect on intraguild interactions among omnivorous mites and their pestiferous prey in citrus. PDF

CoA: E. Palevsky

CoA: E. Palevsky

See also: Moshe Coll


Current Post: Pest Scout

M.Sc. 2009

The honeydew moth, Cryptoblabes gnidiella Milliere (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in vineyards and deciduous groves and its control PDF

CoA: A. Harari

See also: Moshe Coll

Dinesh KAFLE

Current Post: Agric Officer, NGO, NEPAL

M.Sc. 2010

Effects of secondary compounds on host plant preference by the phloem-feeding insect, Bamisia tabaci , and the predatory omnivorous insect, Orius laevigatus PDF

CoA: S. Morin

See also: Moshe Coll

Carmit TAL

BSc: Plant Prot. HU Rehovot 
Current Post: Res Ass, Eden Exp St.

M.Sc. 2011

Biological control of Polyphagotarsonemus latus(Banks) (Acari: Tarsonemidae mite Amblyseius swirskii (Athias-Henriot) (Acari: Phytoseiidae) PDF

CoA: P. Weintraub

See also: Moshe Coll

Tarryn Schuldiner-Harpaz

BSc: Life Sci, HU
Current PostPost-Doc Fellow, Evolution of butterfly wing pattern at Cambridge Univ, UK

M.Sc. 2011 

PhD 2017

(Combined PhD program)

Biological control of cereal aphids in wheat: Implications of alternative foods and intraguild predation PDF




BSc, MSc: Life Sci, Tel Aviv Univ

M.Sc. 2011

Populations of Western Flower Thrips and theirOrius predators on sweet pepper, ornamental plants and wild vegetation in the Arava Valley PDF

See also: Moshe Coll

Debora DIAZ


M.Sc. 2011

Effect of diet on the reproductive biology of the omnivorous bug Orius laevigatus (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae)

See also: Moshe Coll

Valeria Hochman Adler

BSc: Nat'l Univ of La Pampa, ARGENTINA  
MSc: Ecology, BGU

PhD 2013

Spillover of agriculturally subsidized arthropods to adjacent natural arid habitats: effects on community structure

CoA: Yael Lubin



MSc 2013

Food mixing in omnivorous lady beetles

Diego Sercovich
See also: Moshe Coll


Agr. Eng: Univ. Nacional de Cordoba, ARGENTINA

Current Post: Yad Mordecai Pollination Services

MSc 2014

The effect of manure management and mass release of pteromalid parasitoids on populations of two pestiferous fly species in dairy farms PDF


CoA: Yuval Gottlieb


Maor Elron
See also: Moshe Coll

BSc: Plant Sci, HU Rehovot

Current Post: Keren Kayemet- JNF

MSc 2014

Combined effects of wheat domestication and the shift to monoculture on arthropod community and trophic interactions PDF

Tamir Rosenberg
See also: Moshe Coll

B.Sc: Tel Hai College

Current Post: Ben Gurion University of the Negev

MSc 2016

Resistance of wild and domesticated tomato species for the tomato leafminer moth, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), and its natural enemy, the bug Nesidiocoris tenuis (Heteroptera: Miridae) PDF

CoA: Liora Shealtiel
Yaron Avshalom
See also: Moshe Coll

Yaron Avshalom


Undergraduate student



השפעת הפיזור המרחבי של חומר צמחי וטרף על רמת הטריפה בצרכנים אומניבוריים PDF

Anil Pokherl
See also: Moshe Coll

Anil Pokhrel

BSc: University of Nepal


Pollen consumption by field populations of the seven-spotted ladybird beetle Coccinella septempunctata PDF  
Naveh Hartzano-Gull
See also: Moshe Coll

Naveh Hartzano-Gull

BSc: Agroecology and Plant Health, HU Rehovot


Development of tools for management of the False Codling Moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta PDF  



See also: Moshe Coll


BSc HU Rehovot; 
MSc Cornell Univ. USA; 
PhD Entomol. HU Rehovot 
Current Post: Current Post: Senior Researcher, Agric. Res. Org., Min. Agric.


Arthropod Endosymbionts PDF PDF


See also: Moshe Coll


BSc, MSc, PhD 
Current Post: Curator & Researcher, Tel Aviv Univ.


Behavioral ecology of omnivorous bugs

See also: Moshe Coll


BSc: Zool, Tel Aviv Univ; MSc, PhD Entomol, HU Rehovot 
Current Post: Ass. Prof., Vet School, HU


Endosymbionts of insect parasitoids PDF PDF PDF

See also: Moshe Coll


BSc, MSc: Ecology, BGU; 
PhD Entomol, HU Rehovot 
Current Post: Ass. Prof. Tel Hai College


Chemical ecology of herbivore-plant interactions

See also: Moshe Coll


BSc, MSc, PhD: Ecology, BGU 
Current Post: Res Sci, Cohen Inst for BioCont, IL


Nutritional ecology of omnivorous arthropods

See also: Moshe Coll
Dr. Thomas NEESON 
BS, MS: Case Western Reserve Univ, USA 
MA, PhD: University of Michigan, USA 
Current Post: Post-Doc Univ of Wisconsin


Nutrient-specific foraging and omnivore-prey population dynamics


Post-Doctoral Fellow

See also: Moshe Coll


MSc: Gottingen University, Germany 
PhD: Leuphana University, Germany


Management of agricultural field edges to enhance populations of beneficial insects

Co-Host: Yael Mandelik

Assaf Sadeh
See also: Moshe Coll

Assaf Sadeh

PhD: University of Haifa

Researcher. Dept. of Natural Resources, The Volcani Center.


2014-2015 Evolution of cannibalism and the involvement of micro-organisms  


Visiting Scientists


See also: Moshe Coll


Prof. Ekrem ATAKAN


Department of Plant Protection, 
University of Cukurova, Adana, Turkey

6 month visit


Dr. Shaaban ABD-RABOU


Agricultural Research Centre, Giza, Egypt

3 month visit

See also: Moshe Coll



UC Davis, USA

1 yr Sabbatical


See also: Moshe Coll

Join Us


Thank you for your interest in our research and for considering the possibility of joining us. Positions and opportunities become available from time to time so I may be on the lookout for new enthusiastic undergraduate students, excellent graduate students, and promising post-doctoral fellows to join the lab.

Several opportunities exist for undergraduate students to gain research experience in ecology and plant protection. Students may assist with lab and field experiments, conduct an independent research project or, if you are an Amirim (Honor) student, perform your own research, which could be part of your M.Sc. thesis later on. So feel free to send me an email or stop by my office (Eizenberg Bldg., room 2) for more information.

I accept M.Sc. and Ph.D. students primarily through two graduate programs (Hugim) on campus, "Agroecology and Plant Health Program" and " Environmental Quality and Natural Resources". Each program has a different focus, they provide different training, and have different requirements. Consult the programs' websites ( and program heads to explore how these programs could match your interest and long-term goals. Then, I invite you to contact me by email or in person (Eizenberg Bldg., room 2) for more information.

In my work with the students I :

  • expect each student to have an intellectual input in shaping his or her research project;
  • make myself available to the students. 
    This, however, differ between students as some need more guidance than others;
  • encourage students to interact with others in the lab, the department and elsewhere; and
  • strive to create a productive, intellectually-interesting, collaborative atmosphere in the lab
    so the years of hard work in the lab are challenging , rewarding, enjoyable and memorable.


Usually, students are supported by research grants that I receive and their work is therefore on topics related to those grants. A few graduate students may receive Teaching Assistantships to supplement their fellowships. However, there are only a few TA's in the Entomology Department. Some students, and more so post doctoral fellows, may be supported by scholarships or other funding sources that they have secured (often with my help). In either case, I expect all the students to become well informed in their respective fields, take initiatives in proposing new research directions, actively pursue additional funding sources, and teach themselves new methodologies and approaches.

Finally, lab alumni have been highly successful in their post graduate placement. Some hold now academic (Tel Hai College, Hebrew University) or research positions in Israel (Agriculture Research Organization, Tel Aviv University) and abroad (Ethiopia, Nepal, New Zealand); others work with International NGO's, serve as research technicians in the public and private sectors (Agriculture Research Organization, Bio-Bee), hold various positions in agribusiness (seed companies, pollination service providers, agricultural export, nurseries, more), and one even serves as a science reporter on Israel National Radio. I am very proud of them all. I believe that their experience working in basic and applied insect ecology made it all possible.

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At Work

  • 1998the-first-cohort
  • 2001nati-balcony
  • 1999yom-patuach-2
  • 2000liora
  • 1997sivan
  • 1999yom-patuach
  • 2002b
  • 2002inbar-in-field
  • 2002inbar-strawberry
  • 2003-nati-taing
  • 2004sharon
  • 2002with-lesley-aussie
  • 2004students
  • 2005angela-arnon-in-lehavi
  • 2005arnontabic-herbivory
  • 2005-nati-sulo
  • 2005sulo-binoc
  • 2005sulo-in-greenhouse
  • 2005sulo-in-lab
  • 2005-with-angela-in-il
  • 2005sulo-in-rearing-room
  • 2006marking-exams
  • 2007-lea-sela-appl-ent-st
  • 2009-with-ninarosenthal
  • 2010-entomol-lab-disk-eq
  • 2010-moadon-segel
  • 2010students
  • 2010withperes
  • 2012_maor_field_site-ramathanadive
  • 2011rosensymposium-rehovot
  • 2012_maor_shaked_in_field
  • 2012_maor_shaked_in_field1
  • shaaban-a
See also: Moshe Coll


  • carabid
  • butterfly
  • caterpillar
  • carabidbeetle
  • bugs_mating_prey
  • hazav
  • neuroptera
  • meloidae
  • prayingmantis
  • paper_wasp_nest
  • syrphids
  • parasitised-menduca
  • atta
  • asilides
  • bug2
  • bug_prey
See also: Moshe Coll


  • 2006-delegation-to-ankara
  • 2005-ramikfir-robernnofemel
  • 2006ankarafacultydeligation
  • 2006entomophinsectworkshop
  • 2004intlbiocont-cong-davos
  • 2005ramikfir-southafrica
  • 2007esameeting-sandiego
  • 2007-eur-paras-ws-sicily
  • 2007intl-msc-plant-sci
  • 2008intl-msc-plant-sci
  • 2009intlentomophagousinsect
  • 2008intl-msc-plant-sci-g
  • 2009-intl-pears-workshop
  • 2009intlpearsworkshop-group
See also: Moshe Coll


  • hanukkah-2006-a
  • amits-wedding
  • bayeh-rosh-hanikra-2002
  • moshes-50th-bd
  • hanukkah-2006
  • with-sulo-on-the-porch
  • with-sharoni-mirav-in-south
  • with-dale-in-college-park
  • roninatisharoninbarsulo200
See also: Moshe Coll