Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” 65(1): 71-81, doi: 10.3897/travaux.65.e81595
Detection of Zabrotes subfasciatus and Bruchidius glycyrhizae (Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae) in Romania
expand article infoIoan Alexandru Rădac§, Ionela Rădac|, Cecilia Șerban#
‡ West University of Timișoara, Timișoara, Romania§ Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania| National Museum of Banat, Archeology Department, Timișoara, Romania¶ “Dunărea de Jos” University, Galați, Romania# “Răsvan Angheluță” Museum Complex of Natural Sciences, Galați, Romania
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Although beans are an important part of the human diet, their long-term storage is still problematic due to pest damage by seed beetles. This study provides data on a documented detection of Mexican bean beetle Zabrotes subfasciatus in Romania. A great number of individuals were found inside packages of small white beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) imported from Syria and Ethiopia. Based on the investigation of the infested seeds, rearing and biology of the species, it is unlikely that this alien species is established in Romania. We also provide the first known record of Bruchidius glycyrhizae in Romania, based on its previously known distribution and the range of its host plants, it is more likely an overlooked native species.
Alien species, beans, Coleoptera, distribution, licorice, native, seed beetles, storage pests