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Holocacista rivillei (Stainton, 1855) (Lepidoptera Heliozidae) – A LEAFMINER SPECIES RECORDED ON Vitis vinifera L. FROM SOUTHERN ROMANIA

Published in Scientific Papers. Series A. Agronomy, Vol. LVII
Written by Mirela CEAN

Holocacista rivillei Stainton is an European grapevine leafminer distributed in southern Europe and western Asia (Nieukerken et al., 2012). This small butterfly was described from Malta and is considered a minor pest in vineyards being a monophagous species. Another two lepidopteran leafminers occur in European vineyards, both species being originated from North America, i.e. Antispila oinophylla van Nieukerken&Wagner, 2012 (Lepidoptera: Heliozelidae) and Phyllocnistis vitegenella Clemens, 1859 (Lepidoptera:Gracilariidae). Few years ago mines in grapevine leaves were observed in a vineyard located in southern part of the country (Voluntari, Ilfov county). The leaves with symptoms were collected and larvae were reared in laboratory to obtain adults. Identification of the species was done based on their morphological characteristics. Photographs of mines, adults, pupae and genitalia slides are here showed. Preliminary observation on the behavior of this pest are reported.

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