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Journal Cover   Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research
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   ISSN (Print) 2038-324X - ISSN (Online) 2279-7084
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  • Investigation of entomophobia among agricultural students: the case of
           Shiraz University, Iran

    • Authors: D. Hayati, K. Minaei
      Pages: 43 - 45
      Abstract: The most significant impact of some insects involves their role as primary vectors and alternate hosts of many devastating infectious disease agents. They also affect the health of vertebrates directly by triggering altered mental states such as entomophobia. Investigate entomophobia among agricultural students as they are an important group of people who deal with and are involved with insects in various ways. Understanding those factors that affect their attitudes to insects was the main objective of this study. The findings revealed that fear of insects are a current sense among them. Gender, having previous experience toward working with insects, and passing entomology course were factors that showed positive correlation with the entomophobia of respondents. Some related discussions and recommendations are presented at the end of this manuscript.
      PubDate: 2015-08-28
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Distribution and periodicity of sandflies (Diptera: Phlebotominae) along
           different altitudes in Asir Region, Southwest of Saudi Arabia

    • Authors: M.A. Kenawy, H.A. Al Ashry, M. Shobrak
      Pages: 56 - 61
      Abstract: Asir Region in the southwest of Saudi Arabia has been a subject for expansion of agricultural projects, urbanization, which presumably have impact on distribution of phlebotomine sandflies. Few reports are available on sandflies in this region which is an important focus of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Therefore, this study aimed at updating the species composition, distribution and periodical fluctuation of sandflies in this region. Specimens were monthly collected by the Center for Disease Control light traps for one year in four localities representing different altitudes. In five other, collections were twice during the year period. Ten species (six Phlebotomus and four Sergentomyia) were identified, of which P. arabicus (32%) was the most common followed by P. bergeroti (29%) and P. sergenti (15%). Of the reported species, S. palestinensis is considered a new record from Asir. Sandflies were more common and maximum biodiversity was observed in lowlands and not in high altitudes. At different altitudes, the two commonest species were more active during spring. Sandfly density (sandfly/trap) was directly related to temperature and inversely related to altitude, relative humidity (RH) and wind velocity (P<0.05). To sum up, the distribution and abundance of sandflies in Asir are influenced by a combination of different factors: temperature, RH, wind velocity and altitude.
      PubDate: 2015-08-28
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Pseudosmittia fabioi Boggero, Zaupa & Rossaro, 2014 (Diptera:
           Chironomidae: Orthocladiinae) a new junior synonym of Prosmittia verae
           Krasheninnikov & Makarchenko, 2008

    • Authors: B. Rossaro, S. Zaupa, A. Boggero
      Pages: 62 - 64
      Abstract: Pseudosmittia fabioi Boggero, Zaupa & Rossaro, 2014 was found to be conspecific with Prosmittia verae Krasheninnikov & Makarchenko, 2008 after examination of original description and illustrations. Accordingly, Ps. fabioi is placed in junior synonymy with Pr. verae, new synonymy. The transfer of Ps. fabioi to the genus Prosmittia allows to state that the female of Ps. fabioi (Boggero et al., 2014) is the first description of the female of the genus Prosmittia.
      PubDate: 2015-08-28
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • New records of the subfamily Oscinellinae (Diptera; Chloropidae) from Iran

    • Authors: R. Namaki Khamneh, S. Khaghaninia, E. Gilasian
      Pages: 65 - 68
      Abstract: A faunistic study of the subfamily Oscinellinae was investigated in Shabestar region (East Azarbaijan province, Iran) during 2013-2014. Four species Aphanotrigonum bicolor Nartshuk, 1964, Dicraeus sabroskyi Beschovski, 1977, Lasiambia albidipennis (Strobl, 1893) and Lasiambia coxalis (von Roser, 1840) are newly recorded from Iran. In addition, one genus Lasiambia Sabrosky, 1941 is recorded for the first time from Iran. The diagnostic characters and photos of the recorded species are provided.
      PubDate: 2015-08-28
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
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