Cotesia invirae, sp. nov., from South Brazil: a new gregarious microgastrine wasp (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)reared from Opsiphanes invirae (Nymphalidae)feeding on palms

Geraldo Salgado-Neto, James Bryan Whitfield, Flávio Roberto Mello Garcia

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A new species of microgastrine wasp, Cotesia invirae Salgado-Neto & Whitfield, sp. nov., is described from southern Brazil in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul. This species is a koinobiont gregarious larval endoparasitoid and spins a common mass of cocoons underneath the host caterpillars of Opsiphanes invirae (Huebner, 1818)(Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), feeding on the palm trees Syagrus romanzoffianum (Cham.)Becc.; Livistona chinensis (N.J. Jacquim)R. Brown; Roystonea regia (HBK)O.F. Cook; Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Wendland & Drude (Palmaceae). Morphological, molecular, biological, ecological and geographical data are integrated to describe the new species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-140
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Brasileira de Entomologia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019



  • Nymphalidae
  • Opsiphanes invirae
  • Palmaceae
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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