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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SYSTEMATICS OF FLIES OF AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPORTANCE

Location: Systematic Entomology

Title: Strongygaster triangulifera (Diptera: Tachinidae) as a parasitoid of adults of the invasive Megacopta cribraria (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Alabama

Authors
item Golec, J. -
item Hu, X. -
item Ray, C. -
item WOODLEY, NORMAN

Submitted to: Journal of Entomological Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 1, 2013
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Repository URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/58585
Citation: Golec, J.R., Hu, X.P., Ray, C., Woodley, N.E. 2013. Strongygaster triangulifera (Diptera: Tachinidae) as a parasitoid of adults of the invasive Megacopta cribraria (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Alabama. Journal of Entomological Science. 48(4):352-354.

Interpretive Summary: The kudzu bug was introduced into the southeastern U.S. in 2009 from Asia and rapidly became established with an explosive population increase. It has become an increasingly serious pest of soybeans and other legume crops where it is established. In this paper, a new record of parasitism by a parasitic fly is reported for the first time. It is potentially a biocontrol agent for this pest.

Technical Abstract: Strongygaster triangulifera (Loew) (Diptera:Tachinidae) is reported for the first time as a parasitoid of Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Plataspidae), the kudzu bug, an introduced pest of soybeans and other legume crops in the southeastern U.S.

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