Submitted to: Neotropical Hymenoptera
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/15/2004
Publication Date: 7/15/2006
Citation: Schauff, M.E., Gates, M.W., Lasalle, J. 2006. FAMILY EULOPHIDAE. Neotropical Hymenoptera. 755-760.
Interpretive Summary: Controlling insect pests by using natural enemies is both cost effective and environmentally safe. Parasitic wasps attack many crop pests and have been very useful as biological controls. Wasps in the family Eulophidae have been used against many pest leafminers, caterpillars, thrips, and other insects. In this book chapter, we summarize what is known about Eulophidae diversity, hosts, relationships, and identification characters for South America. This information will be useful to insect identifiers, biological control researchers, and quarantine officials.
Technical Abstract: The family Eulophidae is summarized for South America. Data on numbers of species, genera, subfamilies, and a key are given. Current ideas on phylogeny and recent taxonomic changes are presented.