Bulletin of Insectology (2009) 62, 179-182

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Emilio Guerrieri and Giuseppina Pellizzari (2009)
Parasitoids of Pseudococcus comstocki in Italy. Clausenia purpurea and Chrysoplatycerus splendens: first records from Europe
Bulletin of Insectology 62 (2), 179-182
Abstract: The occurrence of Clausenia purpurea Ishii and Chrysoplatycerus splendens (Howard) (Hymenoptera Encyrtidae) in Europe (Italy) is here reported for the first time. These species were reared from females of the Comstock mealybug, Pseudococcus comstocki (Kuwana) (Hemiptera Pseudococcidae), a species accidentally introduced into Italy. The complex of P. comstocki antagonists in Italy includes two other encyrtid species, already reported from Italy, namely Acerophagus maculipennis (Mercet) and Anagyrus sp. near pseudococci (Girault).
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Database assignments for author(s): Emilio Guerrieri, Giuseppina Pellizzari

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Pseudococcus comstocki Peach/nectarine (Prunus persica) Italy
Pseudococcus comstocki Viburnum (crop) Italy
Acerophagus maculipennis (parasitoid) Pseudococcus comstocki Peach/nectarine (Prunus persica) Italy
Clausenia purpurea (parasitoid) Pseudococcus comstocki Peach/nectarine (Prunus persica) Italy
Chrysoplatycerus splendens (parasitoid) Pseudococcus comstocki Viburnum (crop) Italy