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First record of Aspicera hartigi (Hymenoptera, Figitidae) from India, with observations on its foraging behavior on Ephedra plants

Author:
Rather, Zubair Ahmad, Wachkoo, Aijaz Ahmad, Khuroo, Anzar Ahmad, Dar, Abdul Rashid, Dar, Tanvir ul Hassan
Source:
Journal of Asia-Pacific biodiversity(Online) 2019
ISSN:
2287-884X
Subject:
Ephedra, Figitidae, biodiversity, fauna, females, foraging, pollination, Himalayan region, India
Abstract:
Aspicera hartigi Dalla Torre, 1889 is reported for the first time from India. A brief diagnosis and photographic illustrations of the species are provided to validate this new faunal record for India from the Kashmir valley in Western Himalaya. In addition, the present study for the first time reports the feeding of Aspicera hartigi on the pollination drop of the female cones in Ephedra plants, which provides novel insights about its foraging behavior and hint toward its role as pollination drop robber.
Agid:
6348784