Diaspididae (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of Important Species on Citrus Orchards in Antalya Province and Their Natural Enemies Population Fluctuations
Keywords:Scale insects, predators, parasitoids, citrus orchards, population fluctuations
In this study population fluctuations of important species of Diaspididae and their natural enemies were investigated in the mandarin, grapefruit, orange and lemon orchards of BATEM (West Mediterranean Agricultural Research Institute) in 2011-2012 years. As a result, Aonidiella aurantii (Maskell), Aonidiella citrina (Craw), Parlatoria pergandii Comstock species of scale insects were found. Natural enemies determined in the study were Chilocorus bipustulatus (L.) and Oenopiaconglobata (L.) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) as predators, and Aphytis melinus DeBach and Encarsia spp. (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) as parasitoids. In this study, population fluctuation of A. aurantii, A. citrina and P. pergandii, C. bipustulatus and O. conglobata, A. melinus and Encarsia spp. as their natural enemies,were investigated.
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