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Pyemotes tritici (Acari: Pyemotidae): a parasitoid of Agrilus auroguttatus and Agrilus coxalis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in the southwestern United States of America and southern Mexico

  • Tom W. Coleman (a1), Michael I. Jones (a2) (a3), Mark S. Hoddle (a4), Laurel J. Haavik (a2) (a5), John C. Moser (a6), Mary L. Flint (a2) and Steven J. Seybold (a7)...

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The straw itch mite, Pyemotes tritici Lagrèze-Fossat and Montané (Acari: Pyemotidae), was discovered parasitising the goldspotted oak borer, Agrilus auroguttatus Schaeffer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), an invasive exotic species to California, United States of America, and the Mexican goldspotted oak borer, Agrilus coxalis Waterhouse (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), during surveys for natural enemies for a classical biological control programme for A. auroguttatus. Pyemotes tritici caused low levels of mortality to each species of flatheaded borer, but it will likely not be a good candidate for a biological control programme because it is a generalist parasitoid with deleterious human health effects.

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Pyemotes tritici (Acari: Pyemotidae): a parasitoid of Agrilus auroguttatus and Agrilus coxalis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in the southwestern United States of America and southern Mexico

  • Tom W. Coleman (a1), Michael I. Jones (a2) (a3), Mark S. Hoddle (a4), Laurel J. Haavik (a2) (a5), John C. Moser (a6), Mary L. Flint (a2) and Steven J. Seybold (a7)...

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