The infestation by otopheidomenid mites of Sphingidae (Lepidoptera) in intertropical continental zones and observation of a case of heavy infestation by Prasadiseius kayosiekeri (Acari: Otopheidomenidae)
2013 - Volume: 53 Issue: 3 pages: 323-345DOI: 10.1051/acarologia/20132100
KeywordsAcari Otopheidomenidae Lepidoptera Sphingidae Guatemala ectoparasitic unusual infestation new records
Examination of 761 Sphingidae in museum collections revealed infestation of 24 moths by 4 species of the ectoparasitic otopheidomenid mites (Acari: Otopheidomenidae). The infestation rate was 3.2 %. The mites were: Prasadiseius cocytes, P. donahuei, P. kayosiekeri and P. pholusis. Among the sphingid moths, Pachylioides resumens, collected in Guatemala, unusually, was found to be heavily infested with P. kayosiekeri. It had eggs, larvae, nymphs and the adults, many present on the prothorax.
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