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First confirmed records of fig wasps (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) associated with the Sycamore Fig Ficus sycomorus on a Mediterranean Island

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The Sycamore Fig and two of its associated fig wasps, Sycophaga sycomori (L.) and Apocrypta longitarsus Mayr, were introduced to the southern shores of the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. Here we record that these species are also present in Limassol, Cyprus. These are the first confirmed records for either species from the islands of the Mediterranean. Three extra-European Ficus species, in addition to the Edible Fig, are now known to support fig wasps in Cyprus.
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Keywords: CYPRUS; FIG WASPS; STICKY TRAPS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 24, 2020

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  • The Entomologist's Gazette was founded in 1950 as a journal for British entomology; the scope was subsequently broadened to include Europe, and then the whole of the Palaearctic Region. The journal includes peer reviewed papers and notes on the biodiversity, biology, conservation, ecology, genetics, distribution, historical perspectives, taxonomy and systematics of all orders of Palaearctic insects, with an emphasis on the Lepidoptera. Submissions are welcomed from professional and amateur entomologists, and the editors will be pleased to advise on the suitability or presentation of any manuscript. This respected journal publishes papers, short notes and book reviews facilitating the dissemination of entomological research and observations, engaging with an international readership.
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