Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/22/2007
Publication Date: 10/5/2007
Citation: Gates, M.W., Smith, D. 2007. Endobia donacis Erdös (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae) newly reported from the Western Hemisphere and a review of the genus. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 109:868-871.
Interpretive Summary: Many parasitic wasps are associated with plants transported worldwide through human commerce. Many of these plants are of economic and/or horticultural value. Insect associates of these plants and, often, the parasitic wasps that attack them are inadvertently introduced outside of their native range via commerce involving these plants. The introduced plant-feeding insects can damage or kill economically important plants while the parasitic wasps may ameliorate these problems. This paper deals with an introduced wasp parasitoid that may provide control of introduced phytophagous insects attacking ornamental grasses. This parasite/ host information will be useful to nurserymen, growers, biological control workers and pest managers.
Technical Abstract: The distribution of Endobia (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae), containing the nominal taxa E. donacis Erdös and E. indica Mani and Kaul, is reviewed. Endobia donacis is reported for the first time from the Western Hemisphere (Fairfax, Virginia, USA). This species is discussed and its host associations summarized. Endobia indica is synonymized with E. donacis (syn. nov.).