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The Description and Bionomics of Tropideucoila blepharoneurae Buffington and Condon, New Species (Hymenoptera: Figitidae: Zaeucoilini), Parasitoid of Blepharoneura Loew Fruit Flies (Tephritidae)
- Buffington, Matthew L., Condon, Marty
- Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 2013 v.115 no.4 pp. 349-357
- Agromyzidae, Cucurbitaceae, Figitidae, Tephritidae, fruit flies, hosts, new species, parasitoids, phylogeny, rearing, Peru
- Tropideucoila blepharoneurae, a new species of Zaeucoilini, is described from Peru. Specimens were reared from numerous species of the tephritid genus Blepharoneura feeding on species of Gurania (Cucurbitaceae). Prior to the discovery of this species, it was hypothesized that species of Tropideucoila were restricted to Agromyzidae hosts; this new species is remarkable for its host association with Tephritidae. To support the inclusion of this new species in Tropideucoila, we performed a total evidence phylogenetic reconstruction of the Zaeucoilini; this new species was recovered (with strong branch support) within Tropideucoila.