A new flower bug of the genus Montandoniola (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Anthocoridae), a predator of gall-forming thrips on black pepper in southern India

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Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae | 2011/51/1

A new flower bug, Montandoniola indica Yamada, sp. nov., is described on the basis of specimens collected in Kerala State, southern India. It is an efficient predator of gall-forming thrips, Liothrips karnyi Bagnall, 1924 (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), infesting black-pepper leaves. Montandoniola indica Yamada, sp. nov. is distinguished from its related species, M. thripodes Bergroth, 1916, by slightly sinuate flagellum approximately twice as long as cone and by the copulatory tube apex exceeding the anterior margin of sternum VII. Biology of this new species and identity of Indian species of Montandoniola Poppius, 1909 are discussed.

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