A New Pest on Almond Tree, the Soft Scale Didesmococcus unifasciatus (Archangelskaya) (Hemiptera: Coccidae) and its New Records Parasitoids, Turkey
The present study was carried out in Diyarbakır province during 2006-2007 on almond trees infested with the coccid Didesmococcus unifasciatus (Archangelskaya) (Hemiptera: Coccidae). As a result of this study, four parasitoids species Coccophagus piceae Erdos, Coccophagus lycimnia Walker (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae), Microterys hortulanus (Erdos), Metaphycus sp. near zebratus (Mercet) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) and one hyperparasitoid species Pachyneuron muscarum (Linnaeus) (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) were obtained. The parasitoids of D. unifasciatus: C. piceae, and M. sp. near zebratus are the first records on D. unifasciatus from Turkey.
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