Submitted to: Extension Fact Sheets
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: April 1, 2012
Publication Date: April 16, 2012
Citation: Stuhl, C.J., Sivinski, J.M. 2012. A parasitoid wasp Doryctobracon areolatus (Szepligeti). Extension Fact Sheets. University of Florida Institue of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Featured Creatures, EENY-525.
Doryctobracon areolatus (Szépligeti, 1911), formerly Parachasma cereum (Gahan), is a parasitoid of Anastrepha spp. in the Neo- and subtropics (Ovruski et al. 2000). It was introduced into Florida and the Dominican Republic for control of the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) (Diptera: Tephritidae), and the West Indian fruit fly, A. obliqua (Macquart) (Baranowski et al. 1993, Serra et al. 2011) (see Host Table below).
Doryctobracon areolatus is the most widely distributed, Neotropical/subtropical, larval-prepupal parasitoid of Anastrepha (Ovruski et al. 2000, López et al. 1999). Its range extends from Florida (where it was introduced in 1969) deep into South America (Sivinski et al. 1997). At one time, it was abundant in the Florida peninsula to well north of Lake Okeechobee (Eitam et al. 2004). Recently, its numbers appear to have declined, perhaps from competition with other fruit fly parasitoids and/or climate change