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

Author:
Salgado-Neto, Geraldo, Whitfield, James Bryan, Garcia, Flávio Roberto Mello
Source:
Revista Brasileira de entomologia 2019 v.63 no.2 pp. 136-140
ISSN:
0085-5626
Subject:
Cotesia, Livistona chinensis, Nymphalidae, Roystonea regia, Syagrus, cocoons, endoparasitoids, insect larvae, new species, rearing, spatial data, wasps, Brazil
Abstract:
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.
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6343431