Assistant Professor

at  Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan



Main Research Topics:

> Ecology, Ethology and Evolution of Parasitoid Insects


 > Plant-Insect Interactions


> Plant-Insect-Fungus Interactions


Main material insects:

Parasitoid wasps (Braconidae, Ichnomonidae, Ibaliidae etc.)

Lepidopteran herbivores (Noctuidae)

Coleopteran herbivores (Attelabidae)

Saproxylic Insects (Siricidae)  

Publications (Peer reviewed articles):

* corresponding author

21) Ross S, Matsuyama S, Furukawa S, Kuramitsu K, Kainoh Y (2023) Aversive effects of volatiles from intact plants help to fine tune host-searching behavior of the parasitoid wasps, Cotesia kariyai. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 11:1118905.  (doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2023.1118905) [Link (Open Access)]


20) Mizuno Y, Kuramitsu K, Kainoh Y* (2022) Determining suitable observation times for testing odor preference of a parasitoid wasp, Cotesia kariyai, using a 4-arm olfactometer. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 170: 843-849 (doi.10.1111/eea.13209) [Link] 


19) Shikano N*, Haruna S, Kuramitsu K, Hasebe Y, Shimamoto N, Akiyama M, Taguchi N (2022) Report of the "iLabKids" medical and science experiences class in Ibaraki Prefecture: Insect observation class in 2021. ASVPI (Acta Scientiarvm Valetvdinis Universitatis Praefectvralis Ibarakiensis) 27: 67-79


18) Nikkeshi A, Kuramitsu K*, Yokoi T, Yamaji K (2022) Simple methods of analyzing proteins and amino acids in small pollen samples. Journal of Apicultural Research (doi: 10.1080/00218839.2021.1915633) [Link]


17) Fukushima J, Kuramitsu K, Takabayashi J, Kainoh Y* (2021) Delayed response after leaning associated with oviposition experience in the larval parasitoid, Cotesia kariyai. Journal of Insect Behavior (doi:10.1007/s10905-021-09786-w) [Link]


16) Ikemoto M*, Kuramitsu K, Sueyoshi M, Seguchi S, Yokoi T (2021) Relative trapping efficiencies of different types of attraction traps for three insect orders in an agricultural field. Applied Entomology and Zoology (doi: 10.1007/s13355-021-00748-4[Link]


15) Aikawa KF, Kuramitsu K, Kainoh Y* (2020) Oviposition experience by the larval parasitoid, Cotesia kariyai, on nonhost, Spodoptera litura, can deter subsequent attacks. Journal of Insect Behavior 33:91-96 (doi: 10.1007/s10905-020-09749-7) [Link]


14) Isono K, Kuramitsu K, Kainoh Y* (2020) Deterrent effects of intact plants on host searching behavior of parasitoid wasps. Applied Entomology and Zoology 55: 199-204 (doi: 10.1007/s13355-020-00669-8) [Link]


13) Kuramitsu K*, Yamada H, Hisamatsu M (2019e) First record of the woodwasp Eriotremex formosanus (Matsumura) (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) from Ibaraki Prefecture and note on its mycangia. Bulletin of Ibaraki Nature Museum 22: 41-44 (in Japanese) [Link]


12) Kuramitsu K*, Yamamoto T, Yokoi T (2019d) First record of the invasive woodwasp, Urocerus albicornis (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), from a local forest in Japan. Journal of Applied Entomology 143: 1196-1199 (doi: 10.1111/jen.12710) [Link]


11) Yooboon T, Kuramitsu K, Bullangpoti V, Kainoh Y, Furukawa S* (2019Cytotoxic effects of β-asarone on Sf9 insect cells. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 102e21596 (doi: 10.1002/arch.21596) [Link]


10) Suzuki Y*Kuramitsu K, Yokoi T (2019) Morphology and sex-specific behavior of a gynandromorphic Myrmarachne formicaria (Araneae: Salticidae) spider. The Science of Nature (Naturwissenschaften) 106: 34 (doi: 10.1007/s00114-019-1625-x) [Link]


9) Kuramitsu K*, Yooboon T, Tomatsuri M, Yamada H, Yokoi T (2019c) First come, first served: precopulatory mate-guarding behavior and male-male contests by a hymenopteran saproxylic parasitoid. The Science of Nature (Naturwissenschaften) 106: 23 (doi: 10.1007/s00114-019-1616-y) [Link]


8) Kuramitsu K*, Ishihara T, Sugita A, Yooboon T, Lustig B, Matsumori Y, Yamada H, Kinoshita N* (2019b) The attraction of Tremex apicalis (Hymenoptera, Siricidae, Tremecinae) and its parasitoid Ibalia japonica (Hymenoptera, Ibaliidae) to the fungus Cerrena unicolor. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 68: 37-48 (doi: 10.3897/jhr.68.30372) [Link (Open access)]


7) Kuramitsu K, Vicencio EJM, Kainoh Y* (2019a) Differences in food plant species of the polyphagous herbivore Mythimna separata (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) influence host searching behavior of its larval parasitoid, Cotesia kariyai (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Arthropod-Plant Interactions 13: 49-55 (doi: 10.1007/s11829-018-9659-0) [Link]


6) Kuramitsu K, Kainoh Y* (2018) Recent topics on fundamental research supporting natural enemy use. Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology 62: 13-20 [Link (Open access)] (in Japanese) 


5) Hosoya T*, Murai Y, Kuramitsu K, Konagaya T (2017) New records of aquatic beetles (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae and Hydrophilidae) from Kodakara-jima and Taira-jima islands in the Tokara Islands, the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. Elytra, New Series 7: 17-19


4) Kuramitsu K*, Kosaki A, Ishihara T, Yamada H, Watanabe K (2016b) Infestation of the woodwasp Tremex apicalis Matsumura (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) on the large-leaf dogwood Swida macrophylla (Wall.) with biological notes on its parasitoid wasps. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 52: 71-79 (doi: 10.3897/jhr.52.10060)  [Link (Open access)


3) Kuramitsu K, Ichiki TR, Nakamura S, Kainoh Y* (2016a) Host plants of the herbivorous insect Mythimna separata (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) affect its susceptibility to parasitism by the larval parasitoid Cotesia kariyai (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Biocontrol Science and Technology 26: 1009-1019 (doi: 10.1080/09583157.2016.1179717) [Link]


2) Kuramitsu K*, Komizo K (2014) Parasitism of three attelabid weevils by Bracon (UncobraconapoderiWatanabe (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in Kyushu, Japan. Entomological Science 17: 440-442 (doi: 10.1111/ens.12082) [Link]


1) Kiyoshi T*, Hosoya T, Konagaya T, Kuramitsu K (2012) A record of Gynacantha japonica Bartenef from Suwanose-jima Island, Tokara Group, Kagoshima Prefecture. Tombo, Acta Odonatologica Japonica, 54: 143-144 (in Japanese with English summary)