Somogy County Museum

Kaposvár, Hungary

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Kaposvár, Hungary

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Marko V.,Corvinus University of Budapest | Jenser G.,Hungarian Academy of Sciences | Kondorosy E.,University of Pannonia | Abraham L.,Somogy County Museum | Balazs K.,Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Biocontrol Science and Technology | Year: 2013

Effects of habitat diversification through ground cover management on green apple aphids (Aphis spp.) (Hemiptera: Aphididae), woolly apple aphid (Eriosoma lanigerum [Haussmann]) (Hemiptera: Aphididae), their insect natural enemies and the most abundant canopy insects (in the Neuroptera, Fulgoromorpha, Cicadomorpha, Heteroptera, Coleoptera and Formicidae) were studied in an apple orchard over 6 years. The composition and diversity of the main functional groups of canopy insects was also compared. Habitat diversification was achieved by changing ground cover conditions within the orchard. In the treatment termed FLOWER, annual and/or perennial flowering plants were sown in the alleys of an apple orchard. Other ground cover treatments were weed-free bare ground (termed BAREgr) and orchard plots with alleys of mowed grass (termed GRASS), which served as control treatments. We found no evidence that habitat diversification enhanced the biological control of green apple aphids compared to the control treatments. However, the greater plant cover in FLOWER resulted in increased woolly apple aphid infestations compared to BAREgr or GRASS. The abundance of various beneficial or neutral canopy insects - Chrysoperla carnea sensu lato (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae) adults, leafhoppers and treehoppers, planthoppers, herbivorous (non-apple feeding) beetles, dipterans and parasitoid wasps - also increased in FLOWERas compared to BAREgr, with GRASS being intermediate between the other treatments. Significantly greater species richness and diversity was found in FLOWER than in BAREgr for most of the functional groups sampled, although the number of predacious insect species was similar among treatments. The composition of the studied functional groups showed high similarity in FLOWER and GRASS, but these treatments were different from BAREgr. Effects of groundcover management on the dominant insect species are discussed. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.


Zhan Q.,China Agricultural University | Wang Z.,CAS Institute of Zoology | Abraham L.,Somogy County Museum | Wang X.,China Agricultural University
Zootaxa | Year: 2012

A new species of the genus Dendroleon (Dendroleon falcatus Zhan & Wang sp. nov.) is described from China. This new species can be distinguished from other Dendroleon species by the following characters: the significantly larger size, the long abdomen in males, and the particular wing shape and markings. Dendroleon javanus Banks, 1914 was previously reported in China based on a misidentification; the Chinese specimens are actually Bullanga florida (Navás, 1913). An identification key and distribution map are provided for Dendroleon species recorded from China. © 2012 Magnolia Press.


Abraham L.,Somogy County Museum
Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica | Year: 2010

Cirrops berbericus sp. n. is described from Morocco and compared to Cirrops kumari Tjeder, 1980 from Gambia and Ghana. Bubopsis costai Navas, 1913 (syn. n.) is a junior synonym of Bubopsis agrionoides (Rambur, 1838).


Abraham L.,Somogy County Museum
Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica | Year: 2010

Palpares alexanderi sp. n. is described from Oman and compared to Palpares dispar Navás, 1912, Palpares venustus Hölzel, 1988.

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