, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 529-537

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Predators of Marchalina hellenica (Hemiptera: Marchalinidae) on pine forests in Turkey

  • S. ÜlgentürkAffiliated withFaculty of Agriculture, Department of Plant Protection, Ankara University Email author 
  • , F. SzentkirályiAffiliated withPlant Protection Institute, Department of Zoology, Centre for Agricultural Research, HAS
  • , N. UygunAffiliated withFaculty of Agriculture, Department of Plant Protection, Çukurova University
  • , M. FentAffiliated withFaculty of Arts and Science, Department of Biology, Trakya University
  • , S. D. GaimariAffiliated withCalifornia Department of Food and Agriculture, Plant Pest Diagnostics Center
  • , H. CivelekAffiliated withArt and Sciences Faculty, Department of Biology, Muğla University
  • , B. AyhanAffiliated withFaculty of Agriculture, Department of Plant Protection, Ankara University

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The honeydew of Marchalina hellenica is collected by honeybees for pine honey production, which is of great economic importance in Turkey. During 2009–2011 we investigated the predators of M. hellenica, which is distributed mainly in the areas with a Mediterranean climate – in the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions of Turkey. The findings showed that M. hellenica has many predators in the studied areas and that these play an important role in the forest ecosystem. These predators are: Anystis baccarum (L.) (Acarina: Anystidae); Allothrombium triticium Zhang and Allothrombium pulvinum Ewing (Acarina: Trombidiidae); Neoleucopis kartliana (Tanasijtshuk) (Diptera: Chamaemyiidae); Myrrha octodecimguttata (L.), Rodolia cardinalis Mulstant, Scymnus subvillosus (Goeze) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), Dichochrysa genei (Rambur), Dichochrysa prasina (Burmeister) and Chrysoperla lucasina (Lacroix) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae); Wesmaelius subnebulosus (Stephens) (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae), Cardiastethus nazarenus Reuter and Elatophilus pachycnemis Horváth (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae). The most efficient and common predator was N. kartliana, here recorded for the first time from Turkey.


Anthocoridae Anystis baccarum Biological control Chrysopidae Hemerobiidae Neoleucopis kartliana Rodolia cardinalis