oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Parasitism of Florida Wax Scale, Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock, on Citrus in Israel
|Article Title||Parasitism of Florida Wax Scale, Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock, on Citrus in Israel|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 *The Israel Cohen Institute for Biological Control, Rehovot, Israel & **The Hebrew University, Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot, Israel.|
|Publication Date||Mar 1992|
|Pages||21 - 31|
|Keyword(s)||Florida Wax Scale, Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock and Parasitism|
Population censuses of the Florida wax scale, Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock (Homoptera: Coccidae), and parasites attacking it were made over a 4-year period between 1983 and 1987 in 2 citrus groves in Israel. Two annual generations of the scale were produced in both groves. The most abundant parasite was Tetrastichus ceroplastae Girault (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Peak numbers of parasites were synchronized with peak numbers of hosts susceptible to parasitism. Parasites had a significant effect on the host population in one grove, as determined by life-table analysis.
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