Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: Strongygaster triangulifera (Diptera: Tachinidae) as a parasitoid of adults of the invasive Megacopta cribraria (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Alabama) Author
Submitted to: Journal of Entomological Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/1/2013
Publication Date: 10/28/2013
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/58585
Citation: Golec, J.R., Hu, X.P., Ray, C., Woodley, N.E. 2013. Strongygaster triangulifera (Diptera: Tachinidae) as a parasitoid of adults of the invasive Megacopta cribraria (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Alabama. Journal of Entomological Science. 48(4):352-354. Interpretive Summary: The kudzu bug was introduced into the southeastern U.S. in 2009 from Asia and rapidly became established with an explosive population increase. It has become an increasingly serious pest of soybeans and other legume crops where it is established. In this paper, a new record of parasitism by a parasitic fly is reported for the first time. It is potentially a biocontrol agent for this pest.
Technical Abstract: Strongygaster triangulifera (Loew) (Diptera:Tachinidae) is reported for the first time as a parasitoid of Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Plataspidae), the kudzu bug, an introduced pest of soybeans and other legume crops in the southeastern U.S.