Seminifagous insects growing on inflorescences of Centaurea species (Asteraceae)
Keywords:Centaurea, seminiphagous species
A study was performed on the entomofauna growing on inflorescences of 14 Centaurea species, the most common found in the Romanian flora. Eleven species of Thephritidae-diptera were evidenced their larvae feeding on Centaurea flowers and seeds. Some species of Thephritidae-diptera as: Chaetorelia jacea, Urophora jaceana, U. quadrifasciata, strongly infesting various Centaurea species, problem weeds of some natural or cultivated ecosystems, become phytophagous and have a most significant share in the biological control of those weeds.
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