The parasitoid complex of Parthenolecanium corni Bouche in the city of Tbilisi and its surroundings and comparison with some other European countries

Japoshvili G., Gabroshvili N., Japoshvili B.

BULLETIN OF ENTOMOLOGICAL RESEARCH, vol.98, no.1, pp.53-56, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 98 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0007485307005378
  • Page Numbers: pp.53-56


The European fruit lecanium (EFL), Parthenolecanium corni Bouche (Hemiptera: Coccoidea), is a common and harmful soft scale, which attacks Fraxinus oxycarpa Willd. and other ornamental and orchard plants in Tbilisi, Georgia. This study investigates the phenology, degree of plant damage and effect of parasitoids on this scale in Tbilisi, a densely populated area. We present data on the 32 species of chalcidoid parasitoids recorded from EFL in Georgia and south-eastern Europe. The scale is heavily parasitized in Tbilisi, but we did not find any variation in seasonal abundance. The most common parasitoid of EFL was Blastothrix longipennis (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae).