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Research Project: Systematics of Parasitic and Herbivorous Wasps of Agricultural Importance

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Revision of New World Helava Masner & Huggert

item Talamas, Elijah
item MASNER, LUBOMIR - Canadian National Collection Of Insects & Ottawa Plant Laboratory, Entomology

Submitted to: Journal of Hymenoptera Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/31/2016
Publication Date: 12/19/2016
Citation: Talamas, E.J., Masner, L. 2016. Revision of New World Helava Masner & Huggert. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 53:1-24.

Interpretive Summary: Parasitoid wasps are potent natural enemies of many species of pest insect. Correct identification, distribution data, and name usage in parasitoid wasp biology are key factors in the success of biological control. This paper revises species of parasitoid wasp, critical for the biological control of stink bugs and grasshoppers, clarifying identification and biology. Biological control workers, extension agents, and APHIS cooperators worldwide will find this research product essential for their own work.

Technical Abstract: Nine new species of Helava are described: H. acutiventris sp. n., H. allomera sp. n., H. aureipes sp. n., H. carinata sp. n., H. microptera sp. n., H. pygmea sp. n., H. reducta sp. n., H. simplex sp. n., and H. samanthae sp. n., and Helava alticola Masner & Huggert is redescribed. New characters are presented to supplement the generic description of Masner & Huggert (1989) and the genus is diagnosed from similar genera in Sceliotracheline: Aphanomerus Dodd and Austromerus Masner & Huggert.