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Title: THE SAWFLY GENUS KAMBAITINA MALAISE IN INDIA (HYMENOPTERA: TENTHREDINIDAE)

Author
item Saini, Malkiat
item Smith, David R
item Vasu, V

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/5/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Sawflies or plant wasps are part of the plant-feeding complex of insects that cause millions of dollars of damage annually to agricultural crops, forests, and ornamental plants. Kamtaitina, a genus of seven species from southeastern Asia is reviewed. The species in this genus belong to a group of sawflies that commonly feed on plants such as berries and different orchard trees, and they are closely related to groups that occur in North America. All species are characterized, illustrated, and separated by an identification key. This work will be of interest to scientists studying plant-feeding insects and will aid action agencies, such as APHIS, in the identification and prevention of the introduction of unwanted insects.

Technical Abstract: The southeastern Asian genus Kambaitina is reviewed. Five new species from India are described: K. clypeata, K. lineata, K. impunctata, K. pup, and K. cardiaca. Kambaitina fulvipicta Malaise from Myanmar and India is redescribed. Males of the genus are characterized for the first time. A key for all seven known species, including K. albipicta Malaise from Myanmar, is provided.