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New Bruchinae paper by Kergoat and his colleague

Condamine, F.L., Sperling, F.A.H., Wahlberg, N., Rasplus, J.-Y. & Kergoat, G.J. 2012. What causes latitudinal gradients in species diversity? Evolutionary processes and ecological constraints on swallowtail biodiversity. Ecology Letters. accepted. IF2010=15.253

New Bruchinae paper by Anelia M. Stojanova, Zoltán György, Zoltán László

ANELIA M. STOJANOVA, ZOLTAN GYÖRGY, ZOLTÁN LÁSZLÓ (2011): A New Seed Beetle Species to the Bulgarian Fauna: Bruchidius siliquastri, Delobel (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae), pp. 117-119 Article № eb.11205 

A seed beetle Bruchidius siliquastri DELOBEL, 2007 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) was reared from ripe pods of Cercis siliquastrum (Fabaceae) in Bulgaria and this is the first record of the species to the Bulgarian fauna. New host plants of the bruchid species were established on the basis of material collected in Hungary: Cercis occidentalis, Cercis chinensis and Cercis griffithii. A rich hymenopteran complex associated with the seed beetle was reared and comments on it are presented. Key words: Bruchidius siliquastri, Bruchinae, Hymenoptera, Bulgaria, Hungary, new associations.

New Bruchinae paper by Gaël
J. Kergoat

P18. Kergoat, G.J., Le Ru, B.P., Genson, G., Cruaud, C., Couloux, A. & Delobel, A. 2011. Phylogenetics, species boundaries and timing of resource tracking in a highly specialized group of seed beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 59: 746-760. IF2009=3.556

Though for a long time it was hypothesized that the extraordinary diversity of phytophagous insects was better explained by a synchronous pattern of co-diversification with plants, the results of recent studies have led to question this theory, suggesting that the diversification of insects occurred well after that of their hosts. In this study we address this issue by investigating the timing of diversification of a highly specialized group of seed beetles, which mostly feeds on legume plants from the tribe Indigofereae. To that purpose, a total of 130 specimens were sequenced for six genes and analyzed under a Bayesian phylogenetic framework. Based on the resulting trees we performed several analyses that allowed a better definition of the group boundaries and to investigate the status of several taxa through the use of molecular species delimitation analyses in combination with morphological evidences. In addition the evolution of host plant use was reconstructed and different molecular-dating approaches were carried out in order to assess the ages of several clades of interest. The resulting framework suggests a more ancient than previously thought origin for seed beetles, and a pattern of rapid host plant colonization. These findings call for further similar studies in other highly specialized groups of phytophagous insects.

New book! Catalogueof Palearctic Coleoptera volume 6

I Löbl and A. Smetana had edited the sixth series Chrysomeloidea.This is important to us in the known seed beetle Klaus-Werner Anton wrote. The expert, unfortunately, not every species has clarified the issues, and several species synonimised. Unfortunately, the Hungarian bruchids of the study is incomplete. Seems that in 2005, he is not studied in greater depth the appeared checklist, so the sign under the HU data is likely to come from their database.
The original checklist of Hungary

New invasive bruchid species from Bulgaria (2010)


Anelia Stojanova
University of Plovdiv, Department of Zoology, Plovdiv, Bulgaria E-mail: stanelia@uni-plovdiv.bg

The East Palaearctic seed beetle Bruchidius terrenus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae) is recorded for the first time to the Bulgarian fauna. Larvae of the bruchid infest mature seeds of introduced mimosa Albizia julibrissin (Fabacea), an ornamental tree in many countries. The level of damage on seeds caused by bruchid larvae was examined.

New seed beetle in Hungary (previous news 2002)

Adults of Megabruchidius tonkineus (Pic, 1904) emerged in the laboratory from pods of Gleditsia triacanthos collected in January and in October 2001 at the very centre of Budapest. It is likely that this tropical species is able to over-winter outdoors at least in urban surroundings of Hungary. The possible economic importance is discusssed:
Jermy, T., Szentesi, Á. & Anton, K.-W. (2002): Megabruchidius tonkineus (Pic, 1904) (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) first found in Hungary. Folia Entomol. Hung., 63: 49-51. 

Biologycal information discussed:
György, Z (2007): To the biology of the honey locust seed beetle, Megabruchidius tonkineus (Pic, 1904) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae) – Folia Entomologica Hungarica 68: 89–96. 

The e-bean

Steven M. Vamosi operating this web site. "The site attempts to fill some of the gaps by providing information on bruchid natural history, laboratory methods, researchers, and scientific literature." >>>>>>>

Useful Bruchid seed beetle pictures on the website of Pest and Diseases Image Library >>>>>>>

Fauna Europae
List of the European seed beetles. Audisio, Prof. Paolo (group coordinator), Zampetti, Mr. Marcello Franco (taxonomic specialist) >>>>>>>

Bruchidae collection of Siberian Zoological Museum (curator - Andrei A. Legalov)

Andrei A. Legalov added a list of the materials. >>>>>>>

Dr. Clarence Dan Johnson died March 28, 2005 at age 74.

C.D. JohnsonDr. Clarence Dan Johnson of Flagstaff, Arizona died of acute leukemia on March 28, 2005 at age 74. He was born July 20, 1931 in Exeter, California and received his primary schooling in Tulare, California. He received his MS degree from Arizona State University, Tempe in 1961, and his PhD in Entomology from University of California, Berkeley in 1966. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, he taught science in Fresno, California, schools 1956-1963.

In 1966, he joined the faculty of Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff as assistant professor, became an associate professor in 1970 and served as a full professor from 1976 until his retirement in 1994. He was a world authority on the classification of the beetle family Bruchidae, especially in their associations with host plants. Most of his students chose as their thesis subjects some aspect of bruchid taxonomy or their life history, and many of his more than 175 papers were in collaboration with students, or with colleagues. His numerous collecting trips in western United States, Mexico, Central America and northern South America provided study material for him and his students, and his colleagues. He was still publishing papers in 2005. His extensive collection of Bruchidae is now deposited in the arthropod collection of Texas A & M University, College Station.

Dr. Johnson was a member of the Coleopterists Society, Sigma Xi, Pacific Coast Entomological Society, the Kansas Entomological Society, the Society of Systematic Zoology, Society for the Study of Evolution, the Ecological Society of America, the Society for Tropical Biology, the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science and member of the International Advisory Board of the Revista Brasileira de Entomologia. He was a recipient of several academic awards and research grants, and participated in a number of international symposia and conferences on Bruchidae. In his position at Northern Arizona University, he was a member of numerous faculty committees as well as committees in national and international societies.

He leaves behind his wife Margaret and four children and their families.

John M. Kingsolver
Cibele S. Ribeiro-Costa
Reference:  Revista Brasileira de Entomologia
Print version ISSN 0085-5626
Rev. Bras. entomol. vol.49 no.2 Săo Paulo June 2005

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