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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Production Management Research For Horticultural Crops in the Gulf South

Location: Southern Horticultural Research

Title: Aprostocetus xiphopunctus Sampson nov. sp. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidea): A new natural ememy of a gall midge complex (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae)

Authors
item Sampson, Blair
item Werle, Christopher

Submitted to: Ecological Society of America (ESA)
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2010
Publication Date: March 7, 2010
Citation: Sampson, B.J., Werle, C.T. 2010. Aprostocetus xiphopunctus Sampson nov. sp. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidea): A new natural ememy of a gall midge complex (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). Ecological Society of America (ESA).

Technical Abstract: A new endoparasitoid kills 40 – 100% of Dasineura oxycoccana and Prodiplosis vaccinii larvae, pest midges that seriously reduce blueberry yield. Female wasps methodically probe leaf buds for host larvae and their parasitism can be more effective than chemical control. With each successive molt, hosts become increasingly vulnerable to Aprostocetus attack.

Last Modified: 10/21/2014
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