CE: 1632 CF: cag04118


Procontarinia mangiferae (Felt) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) new pest of mango (Mangifera indica L.) in Cuba

Procontarinia mangiferae (Felt) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) nueva plaga del mango (Mangifera indica L.) en Cuba


Jorge Luís Rodríguez Tapia, Doris Hernández Espinosa y Hanser Fortes Ponce

Instituto de Investigaciones en Fruticultura Tropical. Ave 7ma, No. 3005, e/ 30 y 32, Miramar, Playa, La Habana, Cuba. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The diptera grouped in the family Cecidomyiidae, are considered important pests in the crop of mango (Mangifera indica L.). In the period of 2013-15, prospections were carried out in patios and plantations of several localities of Cuba (Havana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Ciego de Ávila and Santiago de Cuba), during the stages of vegetative and floral sprouting, to evaluate the presence of insects. Thirteen samplings were made and 25 young leaves and 10 floral shoots were collected per sample, for a total of 325 young leaves and 130 floral shoots in which the number of galls, larvae, pupae and adults of an agallero insect was determined. A total of 2 423 galls were found in young leaves, which represented an average of 7.5 guts per leaf. A total of 207 larvae, 60 pupae and 40 adults were counted among diptera males and females. The morphological characters of the collected insects allowed identifying Procontarinia mangiferae (Felt), belonging to the family Cecidomyiidae, as the cause of the galls in the young leaves and floral shoots in the mango areas sampled.

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