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

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Species of Eucoilinae Associated with Agromyzidae in Mexico

item VALENZUELA ECOBOZA, FERNANDO ALBERT - Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro
item PALACIOS TORRES, ROGELIO ENRIQUE - Universidad Del Papaloapan
item Buffington, Matthew
item LOMELI FLORES, JOSE REFUGIA - Campus Montecillo
item VALDEZ CARRASCO, JORGE MANUEL - Campus Montecillo

Submitted to: Southwestern Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/5/2020
Publication Date: 5/5/2020
Citation: Valenzuela Ecoboza, F.O., Palacios Torres, R., Cortez Mondaca, E., Buffington, M.L., Lomeli Flores, J., Valdez Carrasco, J. 2020. Species of Eucoilinae Associated with Agromyzidae in Mexico. Southwestern Entomologist. 44:705-714.

Interpretive Summary: Leaf-mining flies are a major pest in the southern vegetable growing region of the United States and Northern Mexico. Crops that are particularly sensitve are peppers and tomatoes. Since the larave of these flies eat the inside of leaves, they are hard to kill with pesticides; hence, natural enemy wasps are used for their biological control. This paper presents a major survey of parasitoids across Mexico on crops that are all shared between the United States and Mexico. Biocontrol workers and parasitoid ecologists will find this data crucial for their research.

Technical Abstract: Eucoilinae species associated with Agromyzidae were determined to contribute to the knowledge of their presence, diversity, abundance, and their eventual utility in biological control. Images of the parasitoid species are provided. The work was developed by collecting plant tissue with Agromyzidae larval damage in amaranth, safflower, dry beans, chickpea, tomatillo, and wild species such as estafiate, higuerilla, and toloache from municipalities of Mexico, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Tlaxcala. Eight Agromyzidae species were obtained: 1. Amauromyza abnormalis (Malloch), 2. Calycomyza sp., 3. Japanagromyza sp., 4. Liriomyza brassicae (Riley), 5. Liriomyza sativae Blanchard, 6. Melanagromyza splendida Frick, 7. Melanagromyza tomaterae Steyskal, y 8. Melanagromyza viridis (Frost); and six species of Eucoilinae: 1. Agrostocynips robusta (Ashmead), 2. Banacuniculus utilis (Beardsley), 3. Gronotoma spp., 4. Preseucoela heratyiBuffington, 5. Preseucoela imallshookupis Buffington, and 6. Sinatra pacifica (Yoshimoto).