Reared microgastrine wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from yanayacu biological station and environs (napo province, ecuador): Diversity and host specialization

James B. Whitfield, Josephine J. Rodriguez, Paul K. Masonick

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Abstract

The microgastrine braconid wasps recovered up through 2007 by the NSF-sponsored rearing project "Caterpillars and Parasitoids of the Eastern Andes in Ecuador" are summarized in terms of their host specialization and faunistic uniqueness. Two hundred fifty eight rearings of caterpillars resulted in records of Microgastrinae, distributed among 14 genera (Apanteles Förster, Choeras Mason, Cotesia Cameron, Diolcogaster Ashmead, Distatrix Mason, Dolichogenidea Viereck, Exix Mason, Glyptapanteles Ashmead, Hypomicrogaster Ashmead, Papanteles Mason, Parapanteles Ashmead, Protapanteles Ashmead, Sathon Mason and Venanus MasonJ. Eleven records of hyperparasitoids of Microgastrinae are also summarized; Mesochorus Gravenhorst (Ichneumonidae) and Perilampidae are both recorded. The results are compared to those recovered by surveys in other parts of the world, especially by the Janzen-Hallwachs survey of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) in Costa Rica. An annotated list of microgastrine genera not yet recorded at Yanayacu, but which we expect to eventually find there based on extrapolation from their known geographic distributions, is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number31
JournalJournal of Insect Science
Volume9
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 4 2009

Keywords

  • Host ranges
  • Lepidoptera
  • Parasitoids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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