The identity of Neocnemodon calcarata (Loew) (Diptera: Syrphidae), a specialized flower fly predator of woolly apple aphid

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2023-03-05
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The names and identities of the specialized flower fly predators of the Woolly Apple Aphid, Eriosoma lanigerum (Hausmann, 1802) are fixed. These predators, Neocnemodon calcarata (Loew, 1866) and Neocnemodon vitripennis (Meigen, 1822), are important biological control agents as they prey on both arboreal and root colonies of the aphid. A lectotype is designated for Pipiza calcarata Loew, 1866, and type notes of N. calcarata and N. vitripennis are provided.

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Eriosoma lanigerum, Malus domestica, Aphididae, biological control agent
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