Stephanitis takeyai and S. rhododendri (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Slovakia: first record and economic importance
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Mlyňany Arboretum, Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Vieska nad Žitavou 178, 951 52 Slepčany, Slovak Republic
Submission date: 2016-01-08
Acceptance date: 2016-05-06
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Marek Barta
Mlyňany Arboretum, Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Vieska nad Žitavou 178, 951 52 Slepčany, Slovak Republic
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2016;56(2):193-198
This is the first report on the occurrence of andromeda lace bug, Stephanitis (Stephanitis) takeyai Drake and Maa, 1955, and rhododendron lace bug, Stephanitis (Stephanitis) rhododendri Horvath, 1905, in Slovakia. Syntopic colonies of both species were found on rhododendron shrubs (Rhododendron sp.) in south-western Slovakia in 2015. The feeding of the lace bugs resulted in damage to infested rhododendrons. Leaves turned yellow and brown, prematurely dropped what led to continuous drying up of twigs and the whole plants. Details on morphology of adult stages of the two species, description of damage symptoms and economic importance of these pests are presented and discussed.
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