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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

Entomologia Generalis Volume 36 Number 3 (2017), p. 261 - 267

published: Jul 1, 2017
manuscript accepted: Oct 4, 2016
manuscript received: Jul 20, 2016

DOI: 10.1127/entomologia/2017/0376

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Abstract

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.

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Gall midgemycophagyrust fungustree spurgeecological interactions