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Ectoparasitic mites (Acarina: Otopheidomenidae) on sphingid moths

Prasad, V.

1975 - Volume: 17 Issue: 3 pages: 375-383


Acari Otopheidomenidae parasites incidence of infection insect host Sphingidae


The Otopheidomenids (Acarina: Otopheidomenidae) were found to parasitize 30 genera and 47 species and subspecies of sphingid moths (Lepidoptera) in various countries located between the latitude of 30°N and 30°S. The percentage of infestation in the museum preserved moths was found to be 1.0 %. However, the percentage of infestation was found to be 28.6 % in the moths of iVlalagasy and Honduras and 33.3 % in the moths of Surinam. All the lite stages were found on the same host mostly in the tympanic area or metathoracic-Ist abdominal cavity.

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