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Title: A NEW TRIGONALID WASP (HYMENOPTERA: TRIGONALIDAE) FROM EASTERN NORTH AMERICA

Author
item Smith, David R
item Stocks, Ian

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/30/2004
Publication Date: 7/25/2005
Citation: Smith, D.R., Stocks, I.C. 2005. A new trigonalid wasp (Hymenoptera: Trigonalidae) from eastern North America. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 107:530-535

Interpretive Summary: Parasitic wasps are potential biological control agents when developing on caterpillars that are economically important or social wasps that are a nuisance to homeowners. A new species of parasitic wasp was discovered during insect surveys of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. It belongs to a group of parasitic wasps that attack various caterpillars and social wasps. The species is described, illustrated, and separated from similar species. This will be of use to scientists interested in insect-parasite interactions and potentially to anyone working in biological control of plant-feeding insects.

Technical Abstract: Orthogonalys bella, n. sp., is described from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. It is the second species of Orthogonalys Schulz and the fifth species of Nearctic Trigonalidae. Characters separating it from Orthogonalys pulchella (Cresson) are given.