Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: New Synonymy of Trissolcus halyomorphae Yang Author
Submitted to: Journal of Hymenoptera Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/24/2013
Publication Date: 8/1/2013
Citation: Talamas, E.J., Buffington, M.L., Hoelmer, K.A. 2013. New Synonymy of Trissolcus halyomorphae Yang. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 33:113-117.
Interpretive Summary: The invasive brown marmorated stink bug is a principal pest many agriculture commodities, such as stone fruit, apples, and soybean. Stink bugs are especially troublesome in the mid-Atlantic region of eastern North America, causing millions of dollars in losses annually. These bugs have a tough cuticle, and typical pesticide applications fail to control these pest populations. Parasitic wasps are very effective at controlling these pests, but the identification of these wasps is very difficult. This paper clarifies the identity of one species that appears to be critical in controlling these stink bugs. Taxonomists, biological control workers, agricultural extension agents and ecologists will find this paper essential to their work.
Technical Abstract: Trissolcus halyomorphae Yang n. syn. is treated as a junior synonym following examination of the holotype of T. japonicus (Ashmead).