Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2005
Publication Date: 10/3/2005
Citation: Smith, D.R. 2005. Review of the Aulacidae (Hymenoptera) of Chile and adjacent Argentina. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 107:820-834.
Interpretive Summary: Many parasitic wasps are beneficial to U.S. agriculture as biological control agents. New World species are known to parasitize wood-boring insects such as longhorned beetles, metallic wood-boring beetles, and wood-boring wasps. This study records five species of a small family from Chile and southern Argentina. A new species is described, and an identification key is presented for the species of this region. Recognition of these species will be important to scientists, biological control workers, and APHIS.
Technical Abstract: Five species of Aulacidae occur in Chile, Aulacus braconiformis (Kieffer), A. krahmeri Elgueta and Lanfranco, A. brevis, n. sp., Pristaulacus capitalis (Schletterer), and P. rubriventer (Philippi), and two of these, A, krahmeri and A. brevis, occur in adjacent Argentina . Aulacus brevis also is recorded from the Juan Fernández Islands. A key to species is presented and diagnoses and new distribution records are given. Hosts are wood-boring beetles of the family Cerambycidae.