Placido (Dino) Reina

November 1998 : Degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Catania (Italy). Thesis on “Studies on trend of infestation of Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in lemon orchards in Eastern Sicily”.
Supervisor: Prof Santi Longo

January 2002 : PhD in Agricultural Entomology at the University “Federico II” of Naples (Italy). Thesis on “Morphological and biological studies of Citrostichus phyllocnistoides (Narayanan) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae)”.
Supervisors: Prof Gennaro Viggiani, Prof Sebastiano Barbagallo and Prof Gaetano Siscaro

December 2002 - November 2003 : Collaboration at research projects on electronic keys of parasitoids of leafminers at the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Canberra (Australia). Grant provided by University of Catania (Italy).
Supervisor: Dr John La Salle


Research Interests:

· Biological control of citrus pests
· Classical biological control of leafminers, including introduction, rearing and release of exotic parasitoids
· Biology of Eulophidae, with particular interest in parasitization activity
· Taxonomy and systematics of eulophid parasitoids of leafminers





1. Siscaro G., Longo S., Maugeri V., Reina P., Zappala' L. (1999) - Establishment in Sicily of Ageniaspis citricola. L’Informatore Agrario, 16: 85-86. [In Italian].

2. Siscaro G., Barbagallo S., Longo S., Reina P., Zappala' L. (1999) – Results of the introduction of exotic parasitoids of Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton in Sicily. Phytophaga, IX (1999) Supplemento: 31-39. [In Italian].

3. Barbagallo S., Longo S., Siscaro G., Reina P., Zappala' L. (2000) – Status of biological control of the Citrus leafminer (Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton) in Italy. (Abstract 1487), XXI International Congress of Entomology, Brazil, August 20-26, 2000, 1:375.

4. Conti F., Raciti E., Campo G., Siscaro G., Reina P. (2001) – Biological control of Phyllocnistis citrella. L’Informatore Agrario, 19: 57-59. [In Italian].

5. Siscaro G., Reina P., Zappala' L., Tropea Garzia G., Rapisarda C., Nucifora S., Vasquez G. (2001) – National Experimental Project on the rational management of key pest control in economically important productions, with particular reference to IPM and to biological control by means of entomophagous reared in laboratory and released in field. CD-ROM. [In Italian].

6. Siscaro G., Caleca V., Reina P., Rizzo M.C., Zappala' L. (2003) - Current status of the biological control of the citrus leafminer in Sicily. Proceedings of Citrus Working Group “Integrated control in citrus fruit crops”, Valencia (Spain) 6-8 November 2002. OILB/SROP, Bulletin de l’Organisation Internationale Lutte Biologique et Intégrée, 26(6): 29-36.

7. Reina P., Vasta M.C. (2003) – Pachycrepoideus vindemmiae (Rondani) on Megaselia scalaris (Loew), new host recorded in Italy. Bollettino di Zoologia agraria e Bachicoltura, Ser.II, 35(1): 83-89.

8. Reina P., La Salle J. (2003) - Key to the World Genera of Eulophidae Parasitoids (Hymenoptera) of Agromyzidae Leafmining (Diptera).

9. Reina P., Siscaro G. (in press) – Investigations on the host preference of Citrostichus phyllocnistoides (Hymenoptera Eulophidae). Proceedings of the XIX Italian National Congress of Entomology, Catania 10-15 June 2002. [In Italian].

10. Conti F., Tumminelli R., Amico C., Fisicaro R., Frittitta C., Perrotta G., Siscaro G., Reina P. (in press) – Monitoring of citrus thrips in Eastern Sicily. Proceedings of the XIX Italian National Congress of Entomology, Catania 10-15 June 2002. [In Italian].

11. Reina P., La Salle J. (in press) - Two new species of Quadrastichus Girault (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae): parasitoids of the leafminers Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) and Liriomyza trifolii (Burgess) (Diptera: Agromyzidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 13(1), 2004 (in press).

12. Fisher N., Ubaidillah R., Reina P., La Salle J. (in prep.) – Liriomyza Parasitoids in South East Asia. CD-ROM.


October 2003 - At the end of this project, I wish to dedicate this work to all the people who believe in me...and I'm lucky..they are many.......

.....but I'd especially like to say something very simple to one of those: "Grazie John !! ...for your suggestions, your advise ..and for all the friendly smiles...!"