Dynamics of a Hyperparasitic System with Prolonged Diapause for Host* ()

Limin Zhang, Chaofeng Zhang

Department of Mathematics and Finance-Economics, Sichuan University of Arts and Science, Dazhou, China.

School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China.

**DOI: **10.4236/ijmnta.2013.24028
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Department of Mathematics and Finance-Economics, Sichuan University of Arts and Science, Dazhou, China.

School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China.

A hyperparasitic system with prolonged diapause for host is investigated. It is assumed that host prolonged diapause occur at larval stage, and parasitoid attack is limited to egg stage before the initiation of host diapause. Such behavior has been reported for many ichneumons. Hyperparasite only attacks the parasitoids that parasitize the hosts. Hyperparasitic system is often used in biological control. The existence and stability of nonnegative fixed points are explored. Numerical simulations are carried out to explore the global dynamics of the system, which demonstrate appropriate prolonged diapause rate and appropriate intrinsic growth rate can stabilize the system. The reasons are explained according to the ecological perspective. Furthermore, many other complexities which include quasi-periodicity, period-doubling bifurcations leading to chaos, chaotic attractor, intermittent and supertransients are observed.

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L. Zhang and C. Zhang, "Dynamics of a Hyperparasitic System with Prolonged Diapause for Host*," *International Journal of Modern Nonlinear Theory and Application*, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2013, pp. 201-208. doi: 10.4236/ijmnta.2013.24028.

1. Introduction

Hosts and parasitoids are mostly univoltine and have no overlap between successive generations. Therefore, their interactions can be modeled by discrete differences. An early work by Beddington et al. [1] showed that discrete host-parasitoid models can produce a richer set of dynamic patterns than those observed in continuous-time models. More recently, many researchers [2-12] have reported that discrete host-parasitoid models can have very complex dynamics.

However, few studies have explored hyperparasitic systems using mathematical approaches and difference equations. Actually, hyperparasite can play a crucial role in the control of a host-parasitoid interaction if they are successfully established in the community. Furthermore, few works on complex dynamics in parasitic system have considered diapause. In the natural world, many insects which inhabit unpredictable environments display diapause for one year or more, which can be described as prolonged or extra-long diapause [13]. As observed in numerous laboratory and field experiments, diapause is induced by changing responses to temperature, photoperiod, humidity, hormonal treatment and other factors [14- 16]. Thus, incorporating hyperparasite and diapause in parasitic system is more realistic and more practical significance.

In the paper, a hyperparasitic system with prolonged diapause for host is investigated. In the system, we assume that host prolonged diapause occur at larval stage, and parasitoid attack is limited to egg stage before the initiation of host diapause. The parasitoids are physiological “regulators” [17]. In this case, the parasitoid can potentially attack all hosts, but do not undergo prolonged diapause itself. Such behavior has been reported for many ichneumons [18]. Hyperparasite only attacks the parasitoids that parasitize the hosts [19]. Based on the above considerations, the model can be represented by the following difference equation:

, (1)

where denote the densities of the host, parasitoid, hyperparasite respectively at generation. In the absence of parasitism, the host adapts to Moran-Ricker model [20,21], that is to say, where is the intrinsic growth rate and is the carrying capacity. The function given by Poisson distribution proposed by Nicholson and Bailey [22] stands for the probability that a host escapes parasitism，where is the parasitoid searching efficiency. By analogy with the above, the probability that a parasitoid escapes hyperparasites is. Accordingly, is the hyperparasite searching efficiency. The parameters and represent diapause rate and survival rate of the host, respectively. According to their biological meaning, and are non-negative and less than 1.

2. Stability Analysis

In this section, the existence and asymptotic stability analysis of the non-negative equilibrium points of system (1) are investigated. The system has four non-negative equilibrium points which are given by the following statements:

a) The equilibrium point always exists.

b) The positive equilibrium point is given by which exists if and only if

(2)

The positive equilibrium point is given by

(3)

which exists if and only if

(4)

The positive equilibrium point is given by

(5)

which exists if and only if

(6)

Analysis of the stability of the system (1) close to the above equilibrium points requires that the system is fully specified in terms of densities at time and. For this, we introduce two variables, and, corresponding to the densities of hosts and parasitoids at time respectively. Then the system (1) corresponds to the following form:

(7)

Accordingly, the four equilibrium points of the system (1) corresponds to the following forms respectively:

The stabilities of equilibrium points, , and are as the same as these points and respectively. Now we study the linear stability of fixed points in the system (7). The Jacobian matrix at an arbitrary is given by

where

The characteristic equation of is

, (8)

where

Moreover, an application of the local stability analysis of the system (7), gives the following results:

(1) Substituting the fixed point into the Equation (8), we get

. (9)

The roots of the Equation (9) are

The modulus of is less than one. Then is local stability if and only if

which yields

(10)

(2) Substituting the fixed point into the equation (8), we get

, (11)

where

.

Several roots of the Equation (11) are . Obviously, the modulus of is less than one. The modulus of is less than one if and only if

(12)

Under the conditions of (2) and (12), the stability of is identified by the equation

. (13)

It follows from the well-known Schur-cohn criterion [23] that the modulus of all roots of the Equation (13) is less than one if and only if

. (14)

From the inequalities (12) and (14), we obtain the following conditions for the stability of:

**Proposition 1.** The equilibrium point is locally stable if and only if the following conditions hold:

. (15)

**Proof.** From the conditions (15), we can know the inequalities (2) and (12) obviously hold. Let's study the inequalities (14).

1).

2).

When, according to the conditions (15)we obtain.

When, according to the conditions (15), we obtain

.

3).

Obviously,

Therefore, if the conditions (15) are satisfied, the equilibrium point is locally stable.

(3) Substituting the fixed point into the Equation (8), we get

(16)

where

Two roots of the Equation (16) are . Obviously, the modulus of is less than one. The modulus of is less than one if and only if

. (17)

Under the conditions of (4) and (17), the stability of is identified by the equation

. (18)

By analogy with the above, the modulus of all roots of the Equation (18) is less than one if and only if

(19)

are satisfied. Based on the above analysis, we obtain the following sufficient conditions for the stability of.

**Proposition 2. **The equilibrium point is locally stable if the following conditions hold:

**Proof.** We only need verify the inequalities (19). According to the condition, we obtain.

Substitute the signs of and, we get,. Substituting the values of, for and rearranging the term we get

According to the condition, we obtain. By analogy with, we get

.

According to the signs of, we obtain. Now, we prove the fourth inequality of (19).

.

According to the conditions and, we obtain. That is to say. At the same time,. The proof is complete.

(4) Substituting the fixed point into the equation (8), we get

, (20)

where

Under the condition of (6), the stability of is identified by the following equation

(21)

According to Schur-cohn criterion [23], the modulus of all roots of the Equation (21) is less than one if and only if

(22)

are satisfied. Based on the above analysis, we obtain the following sufficient conditions for the stability of.

**Proposition 3.** Under the condition of (6), the equilibrium point is locally stable if the following conditions hold:

where

**Proof.** According to the condition, we obtain. Substitute the signs of, and, we get,. Substitute the values of, and, we get

By the conditions and, we obtain, and. Then, it is easy to verify. And.

According to the condition, we obtain. That is to say. According to the conclusion, we obtain. Now, we prove the fifth inequality of (22).

By the condition, we obtain

The proof is complete.

3. Numerical Simulations

In this section, we use the bifurcation diagrams, the Maximum Lyapunov exponents, phase portraits and so on to explore the possibilities of dynamical behaviors for system (1).

3.1. Bifurcation Analysis

In the section, a one-dimensional bifurcation analysis is carried out to investigate the overall dynamic behavior of the system. One-dimensional bifurcation diagrams give information about the dependence of the dynamics on a certain parameter. The analysis is expected to reveal the type of attractor to which the dynamics will ultimately settle down after passing an initial transient phase and within which the trajectory will then remain forever [2]. The bifurcation parameters are considered in the following two cases:

1) Varying in the range, and keeping other parameters fixed as below:

, , , ,. (23)

2) Varying in the range , and keeping other parameters fixed as below:

, , , ,. (24)

Figure 1(a)" target="_self">Figure 1(a) shows the bifurcation diagram in the space with the parameters given by case 1). As increases from to, the system is chaotic. Subsequently the chaotic attractor abruptly disappears and a period-4 attractor appears which constitute a type of attractor crisis. In the range , the system passes through a quasi-periodic band with frequency-lockings and tangent bifurcations. As further increases, a period-2 attractor appears. When increases from to, the system goes through a quasi-periodic band with frequency-locking and tangent bifurcation. As is slightly beyond, a stable coexistence of the system is observed. When increases beyond, the system crosses a chaotic band. When is slightly increased beyond, the hyperparasite population is extinct, while the parasitoid population enters another chaotic band with period windows. Figure 1(b)" target="_self">Figure 1(b) is the local amplifications of Figure 1(a)" target="_self">Figure 1(a) with.

The Maximum Lyapunov exponents have been proved to be the most useful dynamic diagnostic tool for chaotic systems. It is the average exponential rate of divergence or convergence of nearby orbits in phase space [24]. The Maximum Lyapunov exponents corresponding to Figure 1(a)" target="_self">Figure 1(a) are given in Figure 1(c)" target="_self">Figure 1(c), which are in agreement with the bifurcation diagram. When, the Maximum Lyapunov exponents change from positive to negative, which corresponds with the system changing from chaos to period. In the range, the Lyapunov exponents fluctuate around 0 with very small

Figure 1 .(a) Bifurcation diagram in space; (b) The magnified part with; (c) The Maximum Lyapunov exponents corresponding to (a). The other parameters are fixed as Equations (23).

amplitude standing for quasi-periodicity, which are the same as in the range. As increases from to, the Maximum Lyapunov exponents are negative, corresponding to a stable coexistence of the system. When is slightly increased beyond, Most of the Maximum Lyapunov exponents are positive and few are negative. So there exist period windows in the chaotic band.

As can be seen from Figure 1, the behaviors of the system are very complicated, including stable coexistence, chaotic bands with period windows, quasi-periodicity with frequency-locking. Furthermore, from an ecological point of view, it is apparent that appropriate prolonged diapause rate can moderate coexistence. The reason is that appropriate diapause rate helps the fraction hosts to escape parasitism, but high diapause goes against the parasitoid growth.

Figure 2(a)" target="_self">Figure 2(a) shows the bifurcation diagram in the plane with the parameters given by case (Ⅱ). As the parameter increases from to, a stable coexistence of the system is observed. As further increases, a Hopf bifurcation occurs at. Then the system enters quasi-periodicity, including frequency-lockings and tangent bifurcations. When, the quasi-periodicity attractor abruptly disappears. In the range, there is a cascade of period-doubling bifurcations leading to chaos, which is

Figure 2. (a) Bifurcation diagram in plane; (b) The chaotic attractor at; (c) The magnified part with. The other parameters are fixed as Equations (24).

the same as in the range. A typical chaotic attractor is presented in Figure 2(b)" target="_self">Figure 2(b) at. Subsequently the chaotic attractor abruptly disappears and a period-2 attractor appears. When increases from 4.145 to 4.5, the system enters a chaotic band again. Figure 2(c)" target="_self">Figure 2(c) is the local amplifications of Figure 2(a)" target="_self">Figure 2(a) with.

From Figure 2, we can know that appropriate intrinsic growth rate can stabilize the system, but the high intrinsic growth rate may destabilize the stable dynamics into more complex dynamic. The reason is that the population would increase over carrying capacity with high intrinsic growth rate and then lose its stability.

3.2. Intermittent Chaos and Supertransients

Intermittency as illustrated in Figure 3(a) is characterized by switches between apparently regular and chaotic behaviors even though all the control parameters are constant and no external noise is present [25]. The switching seems random although the dynamic model is deterministic, and the behavior is completely aperiodic and chaotic.

Figure 3(b) shows an example of supertransients, which are used to denote an unusually long convergence to an attractor. These transient dynamics are considerably longer than the timescale of significant environmental perturbations [26], because the timescale of ecological

Figure 3. (a) Intermittent chaos of the hyperparasite population dynamics with, ,; (b) Supertransients of the hyperparasite population dynamics with, ,. The other parameters given by, ,.

interest is tens or hundreds of generations while supertransients can persist thousands of generations or even longer. In Figure 3(b), the hyperparasite population size suddenly stabilizes into a 4-periodic attractor after about 720 generations of complicated fluctuations.

4. Conclusion

In this paper, we have proposed and investigated the host-parasitoid-hyperparasite system with prolonged diapause for host. The existence and stability of the nonnegative fixed points are explored. Subsequently, numerical simulations are carried out to exhibit other complex dynamics including stable coexistence, quasi-periodicity, period-doubling bifurcations, and chaotic bands with periodic windows, quasiperiodic attractor and non-unique attractor, intermittent chaos and supertransients and so on. Furthermore, these simulated results are explained according to ecological perspective. From Figure 1, we can know that the system coexists with. That is to say, appropriate diapause rate is better for the stability of the system. Low diapause rate makes the host population suffer from high parasitism risk. High diapause rate goes against the parasitoids growth. These two cases destabilize the system. From Figure 2, we can know that the system is stable with, but the high intrinsic growth rate may destabilize the stable dynamics into more complex dynamic. The host population would increase over carrying capacity with high intrinsic growth rate and then make the whole system lose its stability.

NOTES

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Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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