New food plants and new records of two species of Epitrix Foudras in Turkey (Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini).
Epitrix species in Alticini tribe are generally known as potato flea beetles in the world and they are recorded to cause damage especially in the Solanaceae family plants. While this taxon contains more than 100 species, it has 17 species in Palearctic region and 7 species in Turkey. Two species of Epitrix were determined in the studies conducted in Ankara, Bartın, Çankırı, Ordu and Zonguldak provinces in 2014-2016. Epitrix hirtipennis (Melsheimer, 1947) is known as tobacco flea beetle, its damage in cucumber, pepper, tomatoes, melon, eggplant and beet were also known. In this study, cabbage (Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea) and potato (Solanaceae: Solanum tuberosum) were determined as a new food plants of this species. It was determined from Ankara and Zonguldak provinces and so it is a new record to Zonguldak province. New food plants of Epitrix pubescens (Koch, 1803) were observed and determined as radish (Brassicaceae: Raphanus sativus), maize (Poaceae: Zea mays), bean (Fabaceae: Phaseolus vulgaris), cabbage (Brassicaceae: Brassica oleracea) ve potato (Solanaceae: Solanum tuberosum). It was determined from Ankara, Bartın, Çankırı, Ordu and Zonguldak provinces and so it is new record to Bartın, Çankırın, Ordu and Zonguldak provinces.