New data to the scale insect (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) fauna of Mezoföld (Hungary)

F. Kozár, F. Samu, É Szita, Z. Konczné Benedicty, B. Kiss, E. Botos, K. Fetykó, D. Neidert, A. Horváth

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Sixty three scale insect species are reported from the Mezoföld area (Hungary), a mosaic area of predominantly intensive agricultural land and scattered grassland and forested areas. In comparison, from the Korös-Maros National Park, dominated by natural grassland areas, only 31 species were reported. From the Mezoföld data 4 species were new for the Hungarian fauna and almost all species from Mezoföld were new for the given locality. The Mezoföld fauna could be characterised by more rare species and a lower Global Frequency Value (=higher level of species rarity), suggesting a higher overall conservation value. Scale insect species numbers show a strong negative correlation with the ratio of woody plantations. There was an overwhelming presence of a steppic scale insect species in grassland assemblages, and impoverished woody fauna of the studied wooded areas. However, there was no correlation with plant species number, with the area of natural vegetation, or with the area of loess steppe patches, which shows that the original loess step fauna is impoverished, heavily disturbed. In summary we can say, that the Mezoföld loess scale insect fauna is relatively poor, could be characterised by widely distributed, mezophilous, common species. However, it also has several important steppic elements, and therefore deserves protection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-442
Number of pages12
JournalActa Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009


  • Coccoidea
  • Hemiptera
  • Hungary
  • Korös-Maros National Park
  • Mezoföld
  • Scale insects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Insect Science

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    Kozár, F., Samu, F., Szita, É., Konczné Benedicty, Z., Kiss, B., Botos, E., Fetykó, K., Neidert, D., & Horváth, A. (2009). New data to the scale insect (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) fauna of Mezoföld (Hungary). Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica, 44(2), 431-442.