Mark G. Volkovitsh

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The review contains diagnosis of the genus Oobius Trjapitzin, 1963 (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae), a key to the females of its 9 species described in the world fauna, and synopsis of the species with data on their distribution and hosts. Special attention is paid to an economically important species, Oobius agrili Zhang et Wang, 2005, introduced from China into(More)
This study provides the most detailed description of the immature stages of Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire to date and illustrates suites of larval characters useful in distinguishing among Agrilus Curtis species and instars. Immature stages of eight species of Agrilus were examined and imaged using light and scanning electron microscopy. For A. planipennis(More)
Coraebus hastanus Gory & Laporte de Castelnau, 1839 is easily distinguished from the other species of the genus Coraebus Gory & Laporte de Castelnau, 1839. It was divided into three subspecies, but the main diagnostic characters were variable. In order to understand the morphological variability and taxonomy of subspecies of C. hastanus, shape of elytral(More)
Sphenoptera (s. str.) galkae sp. n. from North Pakistan and. S. (s. str.) jacobsonorum sp. n. from India (Jammu and Kashmir State) are described and compared with closely related species. New synonymy is established for the following taxa: S. hypocrita Mannerheim, 1837 (= S. torrida Jakovlev, 1898; S. ixion Kerremans, 1912, synn. n.), S. bodemeyeri(More)
The jewel beetle Agrilus convexicollis Redtenbacher, 1849 (Buprestidae) occurs in many European and North Mediterranean countries and feeds mainly on dying shoots and branches of ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior, F. ornus and F. oxyphylla). A range map of A. convexicollis with 479 exact localities from the literature and museum collections is compiled.(More)
A new subtribe, Xenopsina subtr. n., comprising the Oriental genera Xenopsis Saunders, 1867, Sommaia Toyama, 1985, Kurosawaxia Descarpentries, 1986 (all genera transferred from Polyctesini), and Theryola Nelson, 1997, stat. n. (transferred from subtribe Polycestina), is established in the tribe Polycestini Lacordaire, 1857. Analysis of morphological(More)
A new species of buprestid beetles, Acmaeodera (Ptychomus) koshtali sp. n. (Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Polycestinae) from Oman is described, illustrated, and compared with the closely related species A. (P.) arabica Gory, 1840 and A. (P.) sancta Théry, 1926 which are also recorded from the Arabian Peninsula.
An annotated taxonomic catalogue of the jewel beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) of Iran is given. Original descriptions and recent revisionary or catalogue data are included along with the distribution, both within and outside of Iran, ecological data and host plant associations, junior synonyms, and comments. A complete bibliography completes the(More)
The buprestid beetle Lamprodila (Palmar) festiva (L.) (Coleoptera, Buprestidae, Poecilonoini), an invasive pest of cultivated Cupressaceae such as Thuja, Chamaecyparis, Cupressus, and Juniperus in the Greater Sochi area (the Russian Black Sea coast), is recorded for the first time for Russia and the former USSR. Data on the systematic position, diagnostic(More)
Oleg Nikolaevich was born on September 11, 1928 in Leningrad, in a workers’ family. As a child, he already showed interest in nature. His parents supported their son’s enthusiasm and when he was 11, they presented him a children’s microscope. Next year, equipped with an entomological net and a hammer, Oleg went to Sablino Village (Leningrad Province) to(More)