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Published: 2022-06-23

Syncola crypsimorpha (Meyrick, 1922) (Gelechioidea: Blastobasidae): A new pest species associated with cultured lac in India

Division of Entomology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012, India.
Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 37012, MRC-168, NHB-E526, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20013–7012.
Division of Entomology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012, India.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India - 834 010.
ICAR- Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur – 440033, Maharashtra, India.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India - 834 010.
Division of Entomology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012, India.
Lepidoptera adult morphology Fabaceae predator Rhamnaceae Sapindaceae scale insects taxonomy

Abstract

A host association for Syncola crypsimorpha (Meyrick, 1922) is discovered after 100 years, since its original description. In India, two blastobasid species, Syncola crypsimorpha (Meyrick, 1922) and S. pulverea (Meyrick, 1907) (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea), are predators of cultured lac, Kerria lacca (Kerr, 1782) (Hemiptera: Kerridae). Descriptions, diagnoses, and images and illustrations of the adult stage, including the male and female genitalia, for these two species are provided to facilitate identifications. A lectotype for Syncola crypsimorpha is designated herein.

 

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