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Jílové u Prahy, Czech Republic

A new species Anthrenus (Florilinus) loebli from Israel, Lebanon and Jordania is described, illustrated and compared with the similar species classified within the subgenus Florilinus Mulsant & Rey, 1868. The new species is characterized by oval eyes, eight-segmented antenna and subtriangular, occasionally triangular, scales on the dorsum. The yellowish/light brown scales are present on the anterior and terminal part of the elytra and create three irregular, transverse bands. Antennal segment eight are at least 4.8 to 5x longer than segment 7 in male, 2.1x longer in female. The new species is most similar to A. (F.) museorum (Linnaeus, 1761); A. (H.) fuscus Olivier, 1789 and A. (F.) flavidus Solsky, 1876. An identification key to externally similar species of the genus is given. The most distinctive taxonomic characteristics concern the male genitalia and antenna (in ratio of length of segments of antennal club) and are also described. © 2010 Museu de Ciéncies Naturals. Source

Kadej M.,Wroclaw University | Hava J.,Private Entomological Laboratory and Collection
Revue Suisse de Zoologie

Anthrenus (Anthrenus) ardoi sp. n. from Oman is described. The habitus, antennae, and male genitalia are illustrated and compared to related species. The new species is characterized by eye with median side broadly and deeply emarginated at about anterior 1/3, 11-segmented antenna and broadly oval scales of the dorsum. Elytra covered with oval white patch on each side of the suture at its base, with three white, transverse, irregularly interrupted patches. The new species is most similar to Anthrenus (s. str.) namibicus Háva, 2000 and A. (s. str.) flavipes flavipes LeConte, 1854. Identification features to externally similar species of the genus are given. The most distinctive taxonomie characteristics concern the tibiae, the male genitalia and the 9 th abdominal sternite are also given. Source

Nedved O.,Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic | Hava J.,Private Entomological Laboratory and Collection | Kulikova D.,Podripska 188

The biological control agent and alien invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis (Pallas, 1773) was recorded for the first time in Kenya, and in equatorial Africa, in 2010. © Oldřich Nedvěd et al. Source

Lenoir A.,CNRS Research Institute of Insect Biology | Hava J.,Czech University of Life Sciences | Hava J.,Private Entomological Laboratory and Collection | Hefetz A.,Tel Aviv University | And 3 more authors.
Biochemical Systematics and Ecology

Thorictus beetles of the Dermestidae are obligate myrmecophiles. To understand how these beetles are integrated into and tolerated by their host colonies, the cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of different species of the Thorictus castaneus group that are generally associated with Cataglyphis were examined. The beetles are characterized by small amounts of cuticular hydrocarbons, which render them partly chemically "insignificant". They also have the same cuticular hydrocarbon profiles as their hosts and thus likely use chemical mimicry to evade worker hostility but, like slaves in slave-maker species, they maintain some partial chemical identity. Thorictus martinezi from Burkina Faso were immediately adopted by conspecific colonies of their host, Cataglyphis sp. aff. bicolor, but were never adopted by colonies of other species (i.e. Cataglyphis viatica and Formica selysi). Thorictus buigasi from Morocco also mimicked the chemical profile of its host, C. viatica, but, in contrast to T. martinezi, individuals were adopted by colonies of Cataglyphis velox from Spain. This result can be explained by the similarity between the hydrocarbon profiles of C. viatica and C. velox, which may facilitate adoptions. T. buigasi beetles remained in Formica selysi colonies for some time but were ultimately rejected, probably due to their very different hydrocarbon profiles. In contrast, they were sometimes adopted by Camponotus herculeanus colonies and eventually chemically matched their new hosts, probably by passive camouflage. These data suggest that Thorictus of castaneus group myrmecophily is the result of coevolution with Cataglyphis hosts and that the mimicry is plastic, such that beetles can live with different hosts if the hosts show very limited CHC differences. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Herrmann A.,Bremervorder Strasse 123 | Hava J.,Private Entomological Laboratory and Collection | Fallahzadeh M.,Islamic Azad University at Jahrom
Journal of the Entomological Research Society

A list of all 30 Anthrenus Geoffroy, 1762 species and subspecies known so far from Iran is provided. Faunal data on Anthrenus and Phradonoma are presented. Anthrenus (Anthrenops) coloratus Reitter, 1881 is recorded from Iran for the first time. Source

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