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A New Genus and Species of Damselfly from Guatemala and Cuba (Odonata: Coenagrionidae)

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HOST PLANTS AND PARASITES OF LIRIOMYZA MUNDA I N FLORIDA (DIPTERA : AGROMYZIDAE) 1 CARL E. STEGMAIER, J R . ~ 11335 N. W. 59 Ave., Hialeah, Florida 33012 In 1962 the author commenced a study of the host plant range and parasites of the serpentine leaf-miner, Liriornyxa munda Frick, in south Florida. Weeds and other native plants a s well as truck crops and orna- mentals were included in this research to confirm the extent of the host plant range. In 1963 other entomologists contributed to the study by collecting plant infestations in many areas of Florida. Frick (1957) described L. munda from tomato, potato, and Datura metelaides DC. in California. He pointed out tha t further studies were needed to determine whether or not L. munda is restricted i n its host range to the family Solanaceae. Subsequent studies have shown L. rnunda to be a polyphagous species. Oatman (1959) reported rearing L . mzcnda, misidentified as L. pictella (Thomson), f rom a variety of plant species in the following families: Compositae, Cucurbitaceae, Solanaceae, Crucifereae, Malvaceae, Ranun- culaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Polygonaceae, Rosaceae, Amaranthaceae, Urn- belliferae, Graminae, Euphorbiaceae, Scrophulariaceae, and Acanthaceae. Spencer (1965) stated tha t the host plants fo r the t rue L,pictella a r e unknown. Spencer (1963) cited Moringa oleifera Lam. a s a host plant of L. mu& in Kingston, Jamaica. Steyskal (1964) recorded this species from Ohio, Alabama, California, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas. He listed the host plants of this leaf-miner in Texas a s beans, black-eyed peas, canta- loupe, castor beans, cucumbers, cauliflower, eggplant, okra, potatoes, sun- flower, tomato, and watermelon. Steyskal (personal communication) remarked tha t L. mundct includes everything called pictella in the United States. Furthermore L. eup to r i i (Kalt.) of Washington in the Frick collection and the chrysanthemum miner of Smith, Boswell, and Wave (1962) a re L

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