First report of Mycodiplosis melampsorae (Rübsaamen 1889) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on Melampsora gelmii Bres. and Euphorbia dendroides L. in Italy
Sicoli, Giovanni; Bonacci, Teresa; Pellegrino, Giuseppe
Abstract Larvae of Mycodiplosis melampsorae (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) are reported for the first time in Italy as occurring on the crown of tree spurge (= Euphorbia dendroides), and feeding on the urediniospores of the rust fungus Melampsora gelmii. The identification of the insect was based on the larval morphology. Since only adult individuals of M. melampsorae were already observed in South Tyrol (northern Italy) on goat willow trees (= Salix caprea), this report contributes to increase the knowledge about the ecological preferences and the biology of Mycodiplosis spp. in Italy.