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Laboratory biology of a uniparental strain of Meteorus pulchricornis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), an exotic larval parasite of the gypsy moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae)



Laboratory biology of a uniparental strain of Meteorus pulchricornis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), an exotic larval parasite of the gypsy moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae)



Annals of the Entomological Society of America 86(3): 298-304



The ovipositional response of a uniparental Korean strain of Meteorus pulchricornis, offered 1st- to 3rd-instar larvae of Lymantria dispar, indicated that parasitism was highest in 2nd-instar larvae. Over their lifetimes, which averaged 44 days, females of M. pulchricornis offered 15 2nd-instar host larvae/day deposited an average of 268 eggs and attacked an average of 194 hosts. Rates of parasitism and superparasitism averaged 32 and 31%, resp.

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DOI: 10.1093/aesa/86.3.298


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