Asghar Shirvani

Asghar Shirvani
Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman · Department of Plant Protection

Associate Professor

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Introduction
We currently study the noctuid moths (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae) fauna of different parts of Iran.
Education
October 2003 - January 2008
Tarbiat Modares University
Field of study
  • Agricultural Entomology

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Publications (55)
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The cabbage aphid, Brevicoryne brassicae, is one of the major worldwide pests of canola and the parasitoid, Diaeretiella rapae, is the most important natural enemy of the aphid. In this research, duration of different life stages, percentage of adult emergence and sex ratio of the parasitoid wasp were investigated on three canola genotypes includin...
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The present study was designed to improve the mass rearing procedure of a predaceous coccinellid, Oenopia conglobata (Linnaeus) and to develop a cost-effective diet for the predator. The effect of different diets containing various combinations of flour moth egg Ephestia kuehniella (Zeller) (E), bee pollen (P), cysts of Artemia urmiana (Gunther) (A...
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The most important coccinellid predator in pistachio orchards, feeding on aphids and psyllids, is Oenopia conglobata contaminata L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). The aim of the present research was to evaluate the effects of a range of cold storage temperatures (4, 8 and 12ºC) in a seven-day cold storage period on some biological parameters of the n...
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The genus Agrochola s. l. Hübner, 1821 (Noctuidae, Xyleninae, Xylenini, Xylenina) include more than seventy described species, most of them have a quite typical external habitus. Due to recent revisions on this lineage in the Palaearctic, we decided to update the data of this group in Iran, according to the latest synonymy information and distribut...
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Some demographic parameters of the indigenous parasitoid, Aphidius matricariae Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitizing the greenbug, Schizaphis graminum (Rondani) (Hemiptera: Aphididae), were estimated at 3 different temperatures (20, 25, and 30 ± 1 °C; 70 ± 5% RH; 16 L:8D). According to age-specific theory, the demographic parameters of the...
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Noctuidae species are mostly plant feeding as caterpillars and nectar feeding as adults, functioning as herbivores, pollinators and prey, as well as include many species of economic importance. Here we intended to contribute to the fauna of seven Noctuidae subfamilies Metoponinae, Eustriotinae, Acontiinae, Cuculliinae, Oncocnemidinae, Psaphidinae a...
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Some demographic parameters of the indigenous parasitoid, Aphidius matricariae Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitizing the greenbug, Schizaphis graminum (Rondani) (Hemiptera: Aphididae), were estimated at 3 different temperatures (20, 25, and 30 ± 1°C; 70 ± 5% RH; 16 L:8D). According to age-specific theory, the demographic parameters of the...
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A new Orthosia species, O. habeleri sp. nov., is described from Iran (Kerman, SE Zagros Mts), and compared with the allopatric, closely related species, O. manfredi Hreblay, 1994. The subgenus Orthosia and its three main lineages are characterised; the primary types of the taxa described by Staudinger and Hreblay & Plante are illustrated; the photo...
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Oenopia conglobata contaminata, is an important predator of the most important pistachio pest, Agonoscena pistaciae, in Iran. The functional response of the adult, third and fourth larval instars of O. conglobata contaminata fed on the common pistachio psylla, A. pistaciae, was studied at 22° and 25 °C (65 ± 5%RH and 16 L: 8D). Different psylla den...
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Due to the importance of coccinellid predators as biological control agents of insect pests, the effects of different factitious and artificial diets on reproductive parameters of Oenopia conglobata contaminata (Menetries) were studied under laboratory conditions (26±1ºC, 60±5% relative air humidity and a photoperiod of 16h light : 8 h dark). In th...
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Numerous expeditions have been done in Iran during more than 150 years to investigate the Noctuidae fauna. However, still white patches remain to be extensively explored. In this study, night samplings performed by light traps at different Iranian provinces to study some tribes of Noctuinae. Here, we present 43 species and subspecies, among them th...
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In order to identify and investigate the biodiversity of Noctuidae family in Khorasan Shomali province, different geographic locations were sampled during 2010-2011. Seven species belonging to subfamilies Catocalinae, Psaphidinae and Xyleninae were identified which are reported from Khorasan Shomali Province for the first time. Beside the descripti...
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The side effects of pesticide usage to control the Tribolium castaneum include the pest resistance and the risk of pesticide residues in stored products. Therefore, one aim of this research was to evaluate the effect of wheat seed conditions or presence of B. bassiana on host selection by the flour beetle on three wheat cultivars including the Cham...
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Iran, in terms of biogeography, has considerable diversity. Considering the importance of conducting faunistic and taxonomic investigations and identifying the fauna of insects in different climates of the country, in this study, which was conducted to identify and examine the taxonomy of the subfamily Noctuinae in Isfahan province during the years...
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The genus Caradrina Ochsenheimer, 1816 is restricted to Holarctic and Ethiopian regions. Small inconspicuous appearance of its species is such that determination of the well over 150 species is one of the most difficult problems among all Noctuidae. According to light trap samplings which were made in different parts of Iran during 2010-2016, the p...
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The cabbage aphid, Brevicoryne brassicae, is the major oilseed rape pest throughout the world. In this research, the life table parameters and development time of the cabbage aphid on five oilseed rape genotypes including Okapi, Licord, Hyola401, Hyola308 and Zarfam were investigated (at 25±1ºC, 60±5% RH, 16L: 8D). The test was carried out by using...
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The host preference behaviour of Aphidius matricariae was studied on Aphis fabae according to choice and no-choice tests under laboratory conditions. Also, effects of temperature on functional response of A. matricariae have been demonstrated on A. fabae at 20, 25 and 30°C. The highest value of parasitism was observed on third-instar nymph of A. fa...
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Aphids can have devastating effects on agriculture and horticulture, and biological control agents form an important means of controlling them. Aphidius matricariae Haliday is an important endoparasitoid for the suppression of aphid pest population outbreaks. In this research, the influence of three different temperatures, 20, 25 and 30°C, on some...
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Parasitoid wasp, Trichogramm brassicae (Bezdenko) (Hym.: Trichogrammatidae) has excellent position in mass production technology, scope of application, wide geographical distribution and unmatched talent to adapt to different climatic conditions, which can be easily reared on Mediterranean Flour Moth (MFM), Ephestia kuehniella Zeller (Lep.: Pyralid...
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Mediterranean flour moth (MFM), Ephestia kuehniella Zeller, is considered as one of the most commonly used host for parasitoids mass rearing including Habrobracon hebetor (Say) (Hym.: Braconidae) and Trichogramma brassicae Bezdenko (Hym.: Trichogrammatidae). In this research, eight different diets with novel ingredients were applied in laboratory c...
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Aphids can have devastating effects on agriculture and horticulture, and biological control agents form an important means of controlling them. Aphidius matricariae Haliday is an important endoparasitoid for the suppression of aphid pest population outbreaks. In this research, the influence of three different temperatures, 20, 25 and 30°C, on some...
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The effect of different concentrations of Metarhizium anisopliae strain EUT115 along with control was investigated on various life stages of green peach aphid Myzus persicae, and different canola cultivars, Brassica napus. Thirty aphids of each stage were treated with the fungus and then transferred onto Petri dishes containing leaf-discs placed on...
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The sub-lethal effect of Metarhizium anisopliae and imidacloprid as well as combination of the two control agents was examined on life table parameters of Myzus persicae on different cultivars of canola under laboratory condition at 25 ± 1 ºC, 85% RH and photoperiod of 16L: 8D. The offspring resulting from fungus-infested adults were placed onto le...
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In this study, susceptibility of the cowpea aphids, Aphis craccivora Koch (Hemiptera: Aphididae) to entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana strain DEBI008 (Ascomycota, Hypocreales) originated from Chorthippus brunneus Tunberg (Orthoptera: Acrididae), fed on the three different bean varieties (pinto bean, kidney bean and cowpea), was investigate...
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Two noctuid moths Agrochola turcomanica Ronkay et al., 1998 and Polymixis achrysa Ronkay et al., 1998 are first reported for the fauna of Iran from Khorasan Shomali province. Morphology, bionomy and geographic distribution of the newly recorded species are presented. The diagnostic characteristics for each species are discussed with its closest rel...
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The present study reviews the genus Agrotis Ochsenheimer, 1816 (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Noctuinae) in Iran from a taxonomic and faunistic point of view. An identification key of external features is presented for 16 Iranian species and subspecies. A description of each taxon is presented based on external male and female genital characteristics. Di...
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In order to identify and investigate the biodiversity of Noctuidae family in Khorasan Shomali province, different geographic locations were sampled during 2010-2011. Seven species belonging to subfamilies Catocalinae, Psaphidinae and Xyleninae were identified which are reported from Khorasan Shomali Province for the first time. Beside the descripti...
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Achaemenothrombium dariusi Saboori, Wohltmann & Hakimitabar sp. nov. (Acari, Prostigmata: Trombidioidea) is de-scribed and illustrated from larvae ectoparasitic on Euxoa fallax (Eversmann) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from Sirch and Cheshmeh Bondar, Kerman province, Iran. It is the third species of this genus, which is recorded only from Iran. The stat...
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The melon aphid, Aphis gossypii Glover is a severe phytophagous pest with worldwide distribution. This study examined effects of Beauveria bassiana strain DEBI008 (Balsamo) Vuillemin on fitness of the melon aphid using leaf disc as experimental unit and its ability to detect and transmit the fungus to uninfected colonies in microcosm conditions. Th...
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Three Noctuidae genera – Parexarnis Boursin, 1946, Hemiexarnis Boursin, 1948, and Albocosta Fibiger & Lafontaine, 1997 – have been reviewed in Iran. Diagnostic features of the genera and their species are discussed. Albocosta herculea (Corti & Draudt, 1933) is reported for the fauna of Iran for the first time. Illustrations of an adult specimen and...
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A list of 358 noctuid species with Iranian type locality, is proposed belonging to 21 subfamilies. Moreover, the original combination, citation of the original description and synonymy of each species are presented. Xyleninae, Noctuinae and Hadeninae subfamilies constitute the greatest part of the Iranian fauna. The highest numbers of species of th...
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Abstract A new species of the genus Eremohadena Ronkay, Varga and Fabian, Eremohadena afzalipouri Shirvani sp. nov., is described from southeastern Iran. Holotype and female paratype and genitalia of both sexes are illustrated for the new species. A checklist of Iranian species of Eremohadena including nine species and subspecies is provided.
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Two new flat mite species (Acari: Trombidiformes: Tenuipalpidae) are described: Aegyptobia jiroftiensis sp. nov. from Convolvulus polygonum (Convolvulaceae) and Aegyptobia hormozgani sp. nov. from Artemisia siberia (Asteraceae).
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Forty two species of the family Noctuidae, excluding Saragossa siccanorum poecilographa Varga & Ronkay, 1991 are first reported form the Khabr National Park, Kerman, Iran. Cucullia cineracea argyllacea Hacker, Ronkay & Ronkay, 1990 is first reported for Iran. The distribution of each species is presented. Adults are illustrated together with notes...
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Four species of the genus Perigrapha Lederer are reviewed in Iran. Two species, P. annau Varga & Ronkay, 1991 and P. flora Hreblay, 1996, are reported for the first time from the fauna of Iran. Adult and genitalia images are illustrated and identification keys for the external and genital features are given.
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A new species of the genus Diadochia PÜNGELER, 1914, Diadochia sacimima sp. n. from Iran is described. The genus and its two species, D. sacimima and D. stigmatica are first reported for the fauna of Iran. The adults and the male genitalia of both species are illustrated.
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Lithophane alaina Boursin, 1957 is mentioned here for the first time for the Iranian fauna. This species is diagnosed with respect to its other Iranian congeners. Notes on the bionomy and distribution of the species are given. A male adult and its genitalia are illustrated. An identification key is presented for Lithophane spp. in Iran.
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Using published records and original data from the very recent expeditions, a checklist of 40 species and subspecies of Dichagyris Lederer, 1857 is given together with the Iranian records in different provinces of Iran. Besides the original combination, citation of the original description and type locality of each species is presented. Map illustr...
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A noctuid species, Eucoptocnemis tischendorfi (Püngeler, 1915) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is first reported for the fauna of Iran and the female of Brachygalea miskoi Ronkay, 1997 is first described. Adults including genitalia of both species are illustrated.
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Three noctuid species, Nezonycta pusilla (PÜNGELER, 1900), Hadula sabulorum distincta (STAUDINGER, 1889) and Hadula osmana HACKER, 1998 are reported for the first time from Iran. The female of H. osmana is firstly described. Adults and genitalia of each species are illustrated together with notes on their bionomy and distribution. With 11 figures.
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Ten noctuid species, Dichagyris danilevskyi (STSHETKIN, 1965), Scythocentropus eberti HACKER, 2001, Graphantha laciniosa laciniosa (CHRISTOPH, 1887), Auchmis indica (WALKER, 1865), Saragossa siccanorum poecilographa VARGA & RONKAY, 1991, Cleonymia jubata (OBERTHUR, 1890), Metopoceras eutychina REBEL, 1948, Pseudozarba bipartita (HERRICH-SCHAFFER, 1...
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A new Brachygalea species, B. kamalii spec. nov. from Iran is described. With 9 figures.
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Description of a new species of the genus Pseudohadena ALPHÉRAKY, 1889, P. zahedana spec. nov. from Iran is given. The formerly unknown male of P. deserticola is described and illustrated. With 7 figures.

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The project aims to compile all knowledge related to Lepidoptera of Iran and its neighbour countries.
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Exploring and Identification of this large group of moths in Iran