Skip to main content
ARS Home » Research » Publications at this Location » Publication #160875


item Malkiat, S
item Smith, David R

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/15/2004
Publication Date: 4/6/2005
Citation: Malkiat, S.S., Smith, D.R. 2005. Revision of the southeastern Asian sawfly genus Busarbia Cameron (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 107:346-356

Interpretive Summary: The caterpillar-like larvae of sawflies are plant-feeding insects that can cause considerable economic damage to agricultural crops, forests, and ornamentals. Some, however, may be beneficial in biological control of invasive plants in the United States. Six species of a southeastern Asian genus, three of which are new to science, are identified and separated by a key, illustrations, and descriptions. These are potential fern feeders and may be important in the search for fern-feeding insects in southeastern Asia for control of invasive ferns in the United States. This information will be of use to scientists interested in plant-feeding insects, biological control workers in search for biological control agents, and APHIS indentifiers concerned with interceptions from Asia.

Technical Abstract: Six species of Busarbia Cameron, a genus of the subfamily Selandriinae restricted to southeastern Asia, are known: B. viridipes Cameron, B. shinoharai, n. sp., B. okutanii, n. sp., and B. santokhi, n. sp., from India; B. formosana (Rohwer) from Taiwan, Myanmar, and India; and B. isshikii (Takeuchi) from Taiwan. Busarbia formosana is recorded from India for the first time. An identification key is provided, and each species is described and illustrated.