Two New Neotropical Species of Midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) Predators of Scale Insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea)

Authors

  • Mark Paul Culik Instituto Capixaba de Pesquisa, Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural – INCAPER
  • José Aires Ventura Instituto Capixaba de Pesquisa, Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural – INCAPER

Keywords:

New species, beneficial insects, Diadiplosis, scale insects, Planococcus halli, Ananas comosus, Coffea arabica, Syzygium jambos.

Abstract

 Increased knowledge of the world’s largely unknown biodiversity is essential for its preservation, particularly in tropical areas that have been little studied, and there is also a similar great need for information on natural enemies of plant feeding insects that contribute to biological control, and which are essential for sustainable ecosystems. In this study two new species of Diadiplosis from the State of Espírito Santo, Brazil, are described and illustrated: Diadiplosis jamboi sp. n. was collected in association with the scale insects Planococcus halli Ezzat and McConnell, 1956 (Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae) infesting jambo, Syzygium jambos (L.) Alston (Myrtaceae), fruit; and Diadiplosis martinsensis sp. n. was collected in association with scale insects (Pseudococcidae: Pseudococcus) on pineapple, Ananas comosus var. comosus (Bromeliaceae), and scale insects (Coccidae and Pseudococcidae) on coffee, Coffea arabica (Rubiaceae). Little is known about the members of the genus to which Diadiplosis jamboi sp. n. and Diadiplosis martinsensis sp. n. belong, and results of the present study add to much needed knowledge of this ecologically important but little known group of insects which should stimulate greatly required additional research on this and similar species.

Author Biography

Mark Paul Culik, Instituto Capixaba de Pesquisa, Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural – INCAPER

I work as an Entomologist with the Instituto Capixaba de Pesquisa, Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural – INCAPER (Espirito Santo Rural Research and Extension Organization). I have broad interests in entomology centered around integrated pest management (IPM), biological control, and sustainable agriculture, with research interests in taxonomy and identification of pest and beneficial insects including scale insects and their natural enemies such as hymenopteran parasitoids and dipteran predators.

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Published

2013-08-06

How to Cite

Culik, M. P., & Ventura, J. A. (2013). Two New Neotropical Species of Midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) Predators of Scale Insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea). Journal of the Entomological Research Society, 18(1), 103–111. Retrieved from https://www.entomol.org/journal/index.php/JERS/article/view/535

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Journal of the Entomological Research Society