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First Report of Cotesia dictyoplocae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a Larval Parasitoid of Antheraea assamensis (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), from India
- Gupta, Ankita, Das, Arpan Kumar, Neog, Kartik, Verghese, Abraham
- The Florida entomologist 2016 v.99 no.3 pp. 541-543
- Antheraea, Cotesia, cocoons, larvae, parasitism, parasitoids, India
- A gregarious larval parasitoid, Cotesia dictyoplocae (Watanabe) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), is reported for the first time from the host Antheraea assamensis Helfer (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from Assam, India. This wasp is a gregarious larval parasitoid and produces on an average 30 cocoons per host larva. Parasitized larvae are easily identified by the aggregation of exposed yellowish white cocoons on the body. Larval parasitism in natural conditions was low. Removal of parasitized larvae by hand is suggested.