EJE, vol. 90 (1993), issue 2

The Pentatomomorpha (Hemiptera: Heteroptera): an annotated outline of its systematics history


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 105-122, 1993

A brief history of the systematic concept ''Pentatomomorpha'' is outlined. This infraorder of the hemipteran suborder Heteroptera comprises five superfamilies, under either of two arrangements. Under the first: Aradoidea, Pentatomoidea, Coreoidea, Pyrrhocoroidea, and Lygaeoidea; under the second: Aradoidea, Pentatomoidea, Coreoidea (including Coreoidea, Pyrrhocoroidea, and part of Lygaeoidea of the first arrangement), Idiostoloidea, and Piesmatoidea (these two removed from the Lygaeoidea of the first arrangement). The infraorder Cimicomorpha is probably the sister group of Pentatomomorpha, and Leptopodomorpha may be the sister group of both those two...

Purification and characterization of storage protein from the haemolymph of Mamestra brassicae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 123-135, 1993

The storage protein of the cabbage moth (M. brassicae L.) was purified from larval haemolymph by anion exchange chromatography, followed by preparative electrophoresis and elution. Histochemical staining revealed that the storage protein is a glyco-lipoprotein. SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis suggested that this protein is composed of two dominant - Mr 81.9 and 74.6 kD - and five minor - Mr 64.1, 58.3, 50.1, 40.8 and 38.2 kD - subunits. Electrofocusing separation showed the presence of these subunits at pH 5.4-6.3. The conformation of the storage protein was equally stable at pH ranging from 4 to 9. The M. brassicae...

Book Review: Cytoskelet.


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 136, 1993

Neas O.: Cytoskelet. Academia, Praha 1991, 251 pp.

Oogenesis and oviposition in the cabbage root fly, Delia radicum (Diptera: Anthomyiidae), influenced by food quality, mating and host plant availability


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 137-147, 1993

The oogenesis, oviposition and longevity of individually-held cabbage root fly, Delia radicum (L.), females that were deprived of mating opportunities, host plants or adult foods were compared with those of flies that were not deprived. The rate of formation of the first batch of mature eggs was not influenced by this deprivation. The lack of proteins or carbohydrates in the diet reduced total fecundity and also, in the case of carbohydrates, longevity. The absence of a host plant resulted in a blocked oviposition and a retarded development of the second and subsequent follicles. After some period of host deprivation (highly variable among individuals),...

Book Review: The Needle-Shortening Gall Midge Thecodiplosis Brachyntera (Schwgr.) on the Genus Pinus.


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 148, 1993

Skuhravý V.: The Needle-Shortening Gall Midge Thecodiplosis Brachyntera (Schwgr.) on the Genus Pinus. Rozpravy ČSAV 10, Ser. Mathematics and Natural Science, Academia, Praha, 1991, 104 pp., 32 Figs.

Belowground space occupation and partitioning in an ant community during succession


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 149-158, 1993

In this study we analyze the successional strategies for belowground space occupation and partitioning in Mediterranean ant communities on fallow land. Three successional sequences were established, by means of a number of plots representing disturbance patches with different surrounding matrices (forests, uncultivated and cultivated land). The belowground extension of the colonies was mapped on a grid of squares. The amount of space occupied by the ant colonies increased during the three successional sequences. The colonies increased significantly in number but not in size in areas surrounded by uncultivated or cultivated land. The contrary occurred...

Revision of the genus Kundelungua (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Podopinae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 159-175, 1993

A diagnosis of the genus Kundelungua Schouteden, 1951 and the species K. leleupi Schouteden, 1951 and K. meridionalis Schouteden, 1966 is given. A diagnostic key to species based on somatic characters and characters of genitalia is provided. A classification of the genus Kundelungua as genus incertae sedis within the subfamily Podopinae (Pentatomidae) resulted from an analysis of the characters studied.

Book Review: The Lepidoptera. Form, Function and Diversity.


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 175, 1993

Scoble M.J.: The Lepidoptera. Form, Function and Diversity. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992, 352 pp., 4 colour plates, 321 Figs.

Book Review: Flycatcher. Memoirs of an Amateur Entomologist.


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 176, 1993

Spencer K.A.: Flycatcher. Memoirs of an Amateur Entomologist. SPB Academic Publishing bv, The Hague, 1992, xvi + 414 pages with 27 illustrations.

Revision of the Anthaxia (Haplanthaxia) proteus species group (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 177-187, 1993

A revision of Anthaxia (Haplanthaxia) proteus species group from the East Palaearctics. A. proteiformis sp. n., A. sichuanica sp. n. and A. huashanica sp. n. are described from China. New status is proposed for A. psittacina Heyden (A. proteus psittacina Heyden) A. ihanatumi Chûj (A. moya ihanatumi Chûj) and A. rubromaculata yunnana Bl (A. yunnana Bl). A new synonym (A. rubromarginata Miwa & Chûj = A. egorovi Alexeev, syn. n.) is also proposed. All species are keyed and illustrated.

Sixteenth World Congress of Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), Praha - Bratislava, 1992


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 188, 1993


Revision of the genus Oedemera subgenus Oncomera (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 189-208, 1993

Species of the genus Oedemera Olivier subgenus Oncomera Stephens, the status of which was changed to subgeneric, are revised, illustrated and keyed, and species-groups are proposed. Two new taxa are described: Oedemera (Oncomera) nepalensis sp. n. (Nepal) and O. (Onc.) diversecostata afghana ssp. n. (Afghanistan). Due to secondary homonymy, specific names are replaced as follows: O. (Onc.) femoralis Olivier, 1803 = O. (Onc.) femorata (Fabricius, 1792) nec Scopoli, 1763 and O. (Onc.) reitteri nom. n. = O. (Onc.) atriceps...

Revisionary notes on the genus Phorbia (Diptera: Antomyiidae) with descriptions of three new species from the Czech Republic and Georgia (Palaearctic Region)


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 209-226, 1993

Taxonomic notes and records are given for species of the genus Phorbia from the former Czechoslovakia; P. hadyensis sp. n. and P. kulai sp. n. are described from the Czech Republic, and P. acrophallosa sp. n. from Georgia. Phorbia securis xibiena Wu, Zhang & Fan, 1986 is synonymised with P. genitalis (Schnabl, 191 1), and Heterostylodes nuditibia (Assis Fonseca, 1966) is redescribed and transferred to the genus Phorbia. Some species groups of Phorbia are proposed, i.e. the P. fumigata, longipilis and lobata species groups; the relationship between P. ponti...

New synonymies in the European Fannidae (Diptera)


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 227-234, 1993

Four new synonyms are proposed, based mainly on the study of type material: Fannia berolinensis Hennig, 1955 = F. limbata (Tiensuu, 1938); F. coracula Collin, 1958 = F. fuscitibia Stein, 1920; F. hylemyiaeformis Ringdahl, 1952 = F. brinae Albuquerque, 1951; and F. spinosa Karl, 1923 = F. sociella (Zetterstedt, 1845). F. fuscitibia Stein is now shown to have a Holarctic distribution, and the known distribution of F. limbata (Tiensuu) is extended as far south as southern Moravia. Lectotypes are designated for F. hylemyiaeformis Ringdahl and F. spinosa Karl.

Estimation of dung beetle biomass (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea)


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 235-238, 1993

The length-to-body weight relation in specimens of 30 species of Scarabaeoidea coprophaga was calculated, to enable biomass to be estimated from information about body length. The relation proves as the literature predicts, to be a power function. When the species are grouped according to size and body shape, however, it seems that a linear relation may also provide good biomass predictions on the basis of length.

Effect of crude root oils of Inula racemosa and Saussurea lappa on feeding, survival and development of Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) larvae


Eur. J. Entomol. 90 (2): 239-240, 1993

The crude oils from roots of Inula racemosa Hook. F. and Saussurea lappa Clarke at four concentrations (from 0.625 to 5%) significantly reduced the leaf damage done by Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) larvae. The rate of feeding deterrency measured after treatment with oils of I. racemosa and S. lappa at these concentrations ranged from 20 to 72% and 18 to 62%, respectively. The rate of mortality during larval and prepupal stages was greater than 50% at the 5% concentration. Pupation was adversely affected only at the highest concentration of both oils. Pupal weight was normal, while adult emergence was marginally affected...