EJE, vol. 101 (2004), issue 4

Dispersal of females and differentiation between populations of Epirrita autumnata (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) inferred from variation in mitochondrial DNA


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 495-502, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.070

Analysis of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region (CR) was used to examine the dispersal of females of a geometrid moth, Epirrita autumnata, in Fennoscandia. A 542-bp-portion of the CR of 200 individuals from four northern and four southern localities was sequenced. The mtDNA CR of E. autumnata contains a substantial amount of variation as a total of 108 mtDNA haplotypes were observed. Between the northern and the southern localities (~1100 km), there was a moderate level of genetic differentiation (FST = 0.128). The amount of variation in the mtDNA CR of E. autumnata was lower in the north than in the...

Phylogeny of Iberian Zabrus (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Zabrini) based on mitochondrial DNA sequence


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 503-511, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.071

The genus Zabrus Clairville, 1806 is a Holomediterranean taxon that radiated into about a hundred species most likely during the Cenozoic. There are four endemic subgenera on the Iberian Peninsula, which include 28 species, Epomidozabrus (3 spp.), Euryzabrus (1 sp.), Platyzabrus (2 spp.) and Iberozabrus (22 spp.). A mitochondrial fragment comprising part of the cytochrome-oxidase-I, tRNAleu, and part of the cytochrome-oxidase-II genes was sequenced of most of these species. Taxa of other subgenera of Zabrus (Macarozabrus, Polysitus, Zabrus, and Pelor), six species of Amara...

BOOK REVIEW: Cohen A.C.: Insect Diets: Science and Technology.


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 512, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.072

CRC Press, Boca Raton, London, New York, Washington, D.C., 2003, 344 pp. ISBN 0-8493-1577-8. Price GBP 87.00.

The effect of corazonin on heartbeat reversal in pupae of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 513-521, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.073

Heartbeat reversal patterns have been monitored in the body of diapausing pupae of M. sexta 2 h before and 3 h after the injections of [Arg7]-corazonin, using noninvasive thermographic and optocardiographic methods. Large dosages (10-6 M final concentrations of corazonin in the body) caused almost immediate, adrenaline-like enhancement of the anterograde heartbeat. During the relatively short, acute phase of the tachycardia induced by corazonin, the systolic anterograde contractions of the heart increased in average from 10.5 to 24 pulses per min, culminating at 2.5 min after the injections. Duration of the acute period...

Photoperiodic induction and termination of summer diapause in adult Epilachna admirabilis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) from a warm temperate region

Chobei IMAI

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 523-529, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.074

In warm temperate and subtropical regions an adult summer diapause regulates the timing of oviposition. Epilachna admirabilis is a univoltine phytophagous lady beetle ranging from south to north Japan, Taiwan, China and Myanmar. In Japan the species hibernates in the full-grown larval stage. In cool temperate Sapporo (43°04´N) the adults never enter summer diapause but pass a second winter in diapause. This study revealed that in Kyoto (35°01´N), the adults had a summer diapause induced by an intermediate photoperiodic response; they had a critical photoperiod of approximately 14.5 h light per day. All females entered reproductive diapause under...

BOOK REVIEW: H.F. van Emden & M. Rothschild (eds): Insect and Bird Interactions.


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 530, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.075

Intercept, Andover (UK), 2004, xx + 301 pp.

Effect of summer flush leaves of the Daimyo oak, Quercus dentata, on density, fecundity and honeydew excretion by the drepanosiphid aphid Tuberculatus quercicola (Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae)

Izumi YAO

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 531-538, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.076

The aphid Tuberculatus quercicola (Matsumura), a non host-alternating species, lives on Daimyo oak, Quercus dentata Thumberg, and other species of oak. In summer there was a significant reduction in the total amino acid concentration in phloem sap of the host plant and fecundity of the aphids. There are two phenotypes of Q. dentata: one produces flush leaves in mid-July and the other does not. This study investigates the effect of the flush leaves produced by Q. dentata in summer on the density, fecundity and honeydew excretion by T. quercicola. Of 20 shoots on each of the study trees, 6-13 (average 8.8 shoots) produced...

Decreased mating propensity of macropterous morph in a flightless wing-polymorphic insect, Pyrrhocoris apterus (Heteroptera)

Radomír SOCHA

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 539-545, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.077

The effect of wing length (brachyptery and macroptery) on mating activity was investigated in adult males and females of a flightless wing-polymorphic insect, Pyrrhocoris apterus (L.). Mating activity of the brachypterous and macropterous adult bugs was assessed according to 14 different parameters. The competition tests revealed higher numbers of copulations and greater duration of mating activity in brachypterous than in macropterous males. Brachypterous males are between two to four times more successful in competition for females than their macropterous counterparts, depending on the wing morph and physiological status of the females. Decreased...

Trophobiotic relationships between ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and Tettigometridae (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha) in the grey dunes of Belgium

Valérie S. LEHOUCK, Dries B. BONTE, Wouter DEKONINCK, Jean-Pierre E. MAELFAIT

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 547-553, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.078

We recorded the association between the planthopper Tettigometra laetus Herrich-Schäffer, 1835 (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Tettigometridae) and three ant species belonging to the subfamilies Myrmicinae and Formicinae in a coastal dune area of Flanders (Belgium). Lasius psammophilus Seifert, Tetramorium caespitum L. and Formica cunicularia Latreille were observed attending and palpating the dorsal glandular area of this planthopper, taking honeydew directly from its anus, herding them and carrying them into their nests when disturbed. The planthopper was rarely found in the absence of ants and probably develops within...

Carabid beetle occurrence at the edges of oak and beech forests in NW Spain


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 555-563, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.079

We examined the occurrence of carabid beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) at the edges of oak (Quercus pyrenaica) and beech (Fagus sylvatica) forests in León, NW Spain. Pitfall traps were used to collect beetles from April to October 2002, and leaf litter cover and depth were measured. Traps were placed at three distances (0, 50 and 100 m) from the edges of eight forest patches. A total of 5436 carabids belonging to 43 species were collected. We found no statistically significant edge effect at the carabid assemblage level, i.e. the number of species and individuals was not higher at the edge compared to the forest interior. However, individual...

Evolution of proboscis musculature in Lepidoptera


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 565-575, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.080

The suctorial proboscis of adult Lepidoptera represents a key morphological innovation that enabled these insects to gain access to new food sources. In the ancestral condition of the lepidopteran proboscis only extrinsic galeal muscles are present in the basal joint region. The presence of additional muscles (i.e., the intrinsic galeal muscles) is regarded as a morphological novelty of the Myoglossata that evolved after the galeae were modified to form suctorial mouthparts. The present comparative investigation of the galeal anatomy in representatives of all major taxa revealed that the intrinsic galeal muscles are derived from the basal galeal musculature....

Two new wedge-shaped beetles in Albo-Cenomanian ambers of France (Coleoptera: Ripiphoridae: Ripiphorinae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 577-581, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.081

Paleoripiphorus deploegi gen. n., sp. n. and Macrosiagon ebboi sp. n., described from two French Albo-Cenomanian ambers (mid Cretaceous), are the oldest definitely identified representatives of the Ripiphoridae: Ripiphorinae. They belong to or are closely related to extant genera of this coleopteran subfamily. Together with Myodites burmiticus Cockerell, 1917 from the Albian Burmese amber, they demonstrate that the group is distinctly older than suggested by the hitherto available fossil record. By inference after the biology of the extant Ripiphorinae, Macrosiagon ebboi may have been parasitic on wasps and Paleoripiphorus...

A new genus and species of Homoiopteridae from the Upper Carboniferous of the Intra-Sudetic Basin, Czech Republic (Insecta: Palaeodictyoptera)

Jakub PROKOP, André NEL

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 583-589, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.082

New palaeodictyopterid Paraostrava stanislavi gen. n., sp. n. is described from the Upper Carboniferous (Duckmantian) deposits of the Jan ©verma Mine in northern Bohemia (Czech Republic). The new taxon based on hindwing venation is attributed to Homoiopteridae and compared with the other homoiopterid and heolid genera within Homoiopteroidea. Due to the poor state preservation of Boltopruvostia robusta, we consider this taxon as Palaeodictyoptera: Homoiopteridae of uncertain position and restore the well defined genus Ostrava Kukalová, 1960 (type species Ostrava nigra Kukalová, 1960). Some uncertainties in the...

Systematic revision and cladistic analysis of the Patagonian genus Platesthes (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)

Gustavo E. FLORES

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 591-608, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.083

The genus Platesthes Waterhouse, 1845 (Pimeliinae: Praocini), distributed in the Patagonian steppes in southern Argentina and Chile, is revised. A phylogeny of its 13 species is proposed, based on 48 morphological characters. The cladistic analysis provides one most parsimonious cladogram showing that three unambiguous synapomorphic characters of external morphology and male genitalia support the monophyly of Platesthes. This article includes a redescription of the genus, redescriptions of its species, an identification key, habitus photographs of the most representative species, illustrations of external morphology, genital features...

The genus Microplinthus, with description of four new species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Molytinae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 609-627, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.084

The genus Microplinthus Zherikhin, 1987 is revised. It is assigned to the tribe Aminyopini Voss, 1956, based on the female genitalia and the presence of appendiculate claws in one species. The following new species are described: M. parbatensis sp. n. (Central Nepal); M. kaligandaki sp. n. (Central Nepal); M. shiva sp. n. (India: Darjeeling); M. laurae sp. n. (India: Darjeeling; Sikkim; Central-western Nepal?). The genus is apparently the sister group to Falsanchonus Zherikhin, 1987. Mutual relationships among the nine species of Microplinthus are suggested based on a phylogenetic analysis.

BOOK REVIEW: Mohamedsaid M.S.: Catalogue of the Malaysian Chrysomelidae (Insecta: Coleoptera).


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 628, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.085

Pensoft, Sofia-Moscow, 2004, 239 pp.

Descriptions of the egg case and larva of Anacaena and a review of the knowledge and relationships between larvae of Anacaenini (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilinae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 629-636, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.086

The third instar larva of Anacaena cordobana Knisch, and the egg case of Anacaena lutescens (Stephens) are described and illustrated. The taxonomic status of the immature stages of Anacaenini is clarified by comparing their morphology with that described in the literature. Larval descriptions of Anacaena and Paracymus published by Richmond (1920) are interchanged, as are the identifications of all subsequent authors based on Richmond's work. All Anacaenini genera for which larvae are known are diagnosed. A comparative morphological study of Anacaena larvae shows many similarities between Crenitis and...

Dolerus asper Zaddach, 1859 and Dolerus brevicornis Zaddach, 1859 (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae), with notes on their phylogeny


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 637-650, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.087

Concordant differences in morphology, phenology and RAMS markers, as well as in sequenced mtDNA (COI, COII, cytb) and nuclear DNA (ITS2) fragments, indicate that Dolerus asper Zaddach, 1859 and Dolerus brevicornis Zaddach, 1859 are valid species. On the basis of morphology, molecular markers, and distributional records, both species are distinct from Dolerus gibbosus Hartig, 1837 (= Dolerus planatus Hartig, 1837). Taxonomy of the species is clarified and the neotypes of Dolerus asper Zaddach, 1859 and Dolerus brevicornis Zaddach, 1859 are designated. The synonymies of Dolerus asper Zaddach, 1859,...

The genus Nipponaetes (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae) in Costa Rica, with a reassessment of the generic limits

Gavin R. BROAD, Nina M. LAURENNE, Donald L.J. QUICKE

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 651-655, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.088

The endemic Costa Rican genus Zurquilla Gauld, 1997, is transferred from the ichneumonid subfamily Tryphoninae (tribe Oedemopsini) to the Cryptinae (tribe Phygadeuontini) and synonymised with Nipponaetes Uchida, 1933. This decision is justified using morphological and molecular (28S D2-3 ribosomal DNA sequence) evidence. We briefly discuss the phylogenetic utility of characters that led to the type species of Zurquilla being described as a tryphonine and provide a host record that indicates that Nipponaetes is a parasitoid of spider egg sacs.

Revision of European species of the genus Rhabdomastix (Diptera: Limoniidae). Part 2: Subgenus Rhabdomastix s. str.

Jaroslav STARÝ

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 657-687, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.089

The second and final part of a revision of the European species of the genus Rhabdomastix Skuse, 1890 is presented. The subgenus Rhabdomastix s. str. is revised. Seven species are redescribed, Rhabdomastix (Rhabdomastix) japonica Alexander, 1924, R. (R.) laeta (Loew, 1873), R. (R.) borealis Alexander, 1924, R. (R.) edwardsi Tjeder, 1967, R. (R.) subparva Starý, 1971, R. (R.) hirticornis (Lackschewitz, 1940) and R. (R.) beckeri (Lackschewitz, 1935). Three new synonyms are proposed. Lectotypes...

A novel relationship between ants and a leafhopper (Hymenoptera: Formicidae; Hemiptera: Cicadellidae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 689-692, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.090

Ten ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from three subfamilies feed on honeydew excreted by nymphs of the leafhopper Balclutha punctata (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). This relationship is facultative for the partners. Preliminary field observations suggest a mutualistic interaction that represents an intermediate stage in the spectrum of formicid-hemipteran mutualisms. Behavioural adaptations of the leafhopper (no escape reaction) and the ants (no predation of leafhoppers, protection from spiders) are evident, but characters of advanced facultative mutualism such as physical contact between the partners or ant-triggered excretion of honeydew were...

Simultaneous exploitation of Myrmica vandeli and M. scabrinodis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) colonies by the endangered myrmecophilous butterfly Maculinea alcon (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 693-696, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.091

Host-ant specificity of Maculinea alcon, an endangered obligatory myrmecophilous lycaenid butterfly, was studied at two sites in southern Poland (¦więtokrzyskie Mts near Kielce). M. alcon larvae and pupae were found in nests of both Myrmica vandeli and M. scabrinodis, which is the typical host in Poland and Southern Europe. To our knowledge this is the first record of M. vandeli as a host of M. alcon. Our results show that M. scabrinodis and M. vandeli are about equally suitable as hosts. We hypothesize that both host ant species are closely related and have similar chemical profiles, and that...

Attraction of larvae of the armyworm Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to coloured surfaces

Ashok K. SINGH, Kailash N. SAXENA

Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 697-699, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.092

Attraction of first instar larvae of Spodoptera litura to different colours was studied to determine those that could be used as effective visual attractants for trapping the larvae during dispersal. The larvae were presented with cones of coloured paper. Each cone was placed in the center of a 15-cm Petri dish around the edge of which the larvae were released. Percentage of larvae arriving at the cone was recorded at 5-min intervals over a 15-min period. Differences in the percentages reflected differences in larval attraction to the different colours. The larvae were highly attracted to Foliage Green, Green Bice and Cadmium Yellow. The larvae...

BOOK REVIEW: Becker N., Petriæ D., Boase C., Lane J., Zgomba M., Dahl C & Kaiser A.: Mosquitoes and their Control.


Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 700, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.093

Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow, 2003, xxi+498 pp.