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Biology and Distribution of Palaeolindbergiella simlae (Crawford, 1912) (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) along with its Associations with Ants from Pothwar Region of Pakistan

Biology and Distribution of Palaeolindbergiella simlae (Crawford, 1912) (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) along with its Associations with Ants from Pothwar Region of Pakistan

Imran Bodlah1*, Muhammad Tariq Rasheed1, Muhammad Farooq Nasir1, Tariq Mahmood2 and Muhammad Asif3

1Insect Biodiversity and Conservation Group, Department of Entomology, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
2Department of Environmental Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
3Agricultural Linkages Program (ALP), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad
 
* Corresponding author: imranbodlah@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) are small insects and belong to sucking group of insects. Palaeolindbergiella simlae (Crawford, 1912) belongs to this group and is a serious pest of Bauhinia variegate Linn. The Genus Palaeolindbergiella Heslop-Harrison, 1961 has only 3 species records from the world. Immature stages of this species are 5 which have been described with the help of coloured micro-graphs. Male and female genitalia have been described using line drawings and coloured drawings. Main diagnostic characters, brief description, morphometrics, distribution and illustrations are provided. Biology, trophic associations with 4 ant’s species namely, Camponotus parius, Camponotus compressus, Tapinoma melaocephalum, Lepisiota fraunfeldi have been discussed. Four natural enemies; two species of syrphid flies namely, Allobaccha apicalis (Loew, 1858), Allobaccha sapphirina (Wiedemann, 1830), two species of Coccinellid beetles, Coccinella septempunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), Menochilus sexmaculatus (Fabricius, 1781) and Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens, 1836) (Chrysopidae: Neuroptera) were found to be the bio-control agents of P. simlae.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 54, Iss. 5, Pages 2003-2500

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