Cryptochaetum jorgepastori

Cryptochaetum jorgepastori Cadahia

Taxonomic placing: Insecta, Holometabola, Diptera, Nematocera, Cryptochaetidae.

Distribution: Spain, Israel, and Turkey.

Morphology: Body foreshortened, 2-4 mm in length, mostly shiny black, with red, large eyes. The antennae are without an arista and their terminal segment is very long and thick.

Life history and economic importance: An endoparasitoid of Palaeococcus fuscipennis, which is more effective at low pest levels.


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Mendel, Z., Assael, F., Zeidan, S. and Zehavi, A. 1998. Classical biological control of Palaeococcus fuscipennis (Burmeister) (Homoptera: Margarodidae) in Israel. Biological Control 12: 151–157.

Papp, L., Barták, M., Kubik, S., and Civelek, H.S. 2018. Cryptochetidae (Diptera): First record of the family from Turkey. Turkish Journal of Zoology 42: 113-117.