Record of Three Larval Parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) of Maruca vitrata (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) from Southern India


Affiliations

  • National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560 024, India

Abstract

Maruca vitrata (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) commonly known as legume pod borer is known to infest many leguminous crops. In the recent rearing records of larval parasitoids from M. vitrata three species of wasps have been bred, Bassus relativus (Bhat and Gupta, 1977) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Agathidinae), Phanerotoma hendecasisella Cameron, 1905 (Braconidae: Cheloninae) and Trathala flavoorbitalis (Cameron, 1907) (Ichneumonidae: Cremastinae). Amongst these three Indian species of wasps, B. relativus is recorded for the first time as a larval parasitoid of M. vitrata. In the present study main diagnostic characters of all the three species of parasitic wasps along with their hosts and distribution details are provided.

Keywords

Braconidae, Ichneumonidae, Larval Parasitoids, Maruca vitrata.

Subject Discipline

Entomology

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