First report of Cotesia vanessae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in North America.

Hervet, V.A.D., Murillo, H., Fernández-Triana, J.L., Shaw, M.R., Laird, R.A., and Floate, K.D. (2014). "First report of Cotesia vanessae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in North America.", Canadian Entomologist, 146(5), pp. 560-566. doi : 10.4039/tce.2014.9  Access to full text

Abstract

We report for the first time the occurrence of the well-known Eurasian and north African parasitoid Cotesia vanessae (Reinhard) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in North America. Specimens were reared from Chrysodeixis chalcites (Esper) and Trichoplusia ni (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) recovered from several locations in southwestern Ontario, Canada, and detected by DNA sequencing from one Autographa californica (Speyer) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in southern Alberta, Canada.

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