Phytophagous larvae occurring in Central and Southeastern European oak forests as a potential host of Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) - A field study

J Invertebr Pathol. 2018 Jun;155:52-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2018.05.003. Epub 2018 May 11.


We evaluated the presence and impact of Entomophaga maimaiga on both target and non-target phytophagous larvae. All six study plots, with low gypsy moth population density, were situated in Central and Southeastern European oak forests and E. maimaiga had previously been reported from these plots. Totally, 45 of 4,045 (1.13%) collected non-target larvae died due to fungal infections. No non-target insect specimen was infected by E.maimaiga, although the presence of the pathogen could not be fully excluded in three cadavers. Out of 1,780L.dispar larvae collected, 15individuals (0.84%) were infected by E.maimaiga.

Keywords: Entomophaga maimaiga; Gypsy moth; Host specificity; Lymantria dispar; Non-target impact; Oak forest.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Entomophthorales*
  • Europe
  • Forests
  • Larva / parasitology*
  • Moths / parasitology*
  • Pest Control, Biological / methods*
  • Quercus / parasitology