A new host and natural enemies of Dialectica scalariella (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in Turkey
The study was carried out to determine leaf mining insects species feeding on Echium italicum L. (Boraginaceae) (Italian viper’s bugloss) growing in wheat fields of Edirne and Samsun provinces in 2013. As result of this study, Dialectica scalariella (Zeller, 1850) (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) adults were obtained from the samples collected from both provinces. D. scalariella is a first record for insect fauna of Edirne and Samsun provinces. In addition, parasitoids Apanteles sp. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Sympiesis sp. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) were obtained from D. scalariella larvae collected from E. italicum in Edirne.
Dialectica scalariella, Echium italicum, natural enemies, host plant, Turkey