A Nucleopolyhedrovirus from the Mediterranean flour moth, Ephestia kuehniella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)

Yaman M., ACAR K. F., Radek R.

APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY, vol.50, no.3, pp.355-359, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s13355-015-0342-y
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.355-359
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In the present study, a Nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV) was isolated from laboratory-reared larva of the Mediterranean flour moth, Ephestia kuehniella Zeller (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Under the light microscope, high numbers of polyhedral inclusion bodies (PIBs) formed by the virus were found in hemolymph, tracheae, and the midgut. The PIBs measured 1.97 +/- A 0.46 (1-3.04) A mu m (n = 50). In cross-sections of PIBs, the virions contain a high number of nucleocapsids (1-28), and the viral particles were 190-270 x 30-40 nm. Some diamond-shaped inclusion bodies, like spindles, which did not include virions, were also observed. This virus was isolated and characterized for the first time from E. kuehniella.