Turkish Journal of Zoology




On the basis of the material collected and the observations made in the summer of 2003 in Turkey –mainly in eastern Anatolia– and some samples in the collection of Atatürk University, Entomology Museum, Erzurum, Turkey (EMET), an overview is given of the observed clearwing moths (Sesiidae) in Turkey from faunistic, distributional, and agro-economical points of view. Thirty-six species and subspecies in 11 genera have been recorded, of which Sesia pimplaeformis Oberthtür, Paranthrene diaphana Dalla Torre & Strand, Synanthedon andrenaeformis tenuicingulata ˘Spatenka and Pyropteron cirgisa (Bartel, 1912) are classified as endangered species and should be added to the red list. Bembecia syzcjovi kappadocica ˘Spatenka, Dipchasphecia sertavula Bartsch & ˘Spatenka, D. kopica Gorbunov & ˘Spatenka, and Chamaesphecia ruficoronata Kallies, Petersen & Riefenstahl are endemic to Turkey. The species having an agro-economical importance as a pest in cultivated plants and as biocontrol agents on weeds are also indicated.


Lepidoptera. Sesiidae, fauna, pest, biocontrol agent, distribution, red list

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