<i>Meteorus</i> Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitoids of Pyralidae: description and biology of two new species and first record of <i>Meteorus desmiae</i> Zitani, 1998 from Ecuador

2014-09-02T09:40:51Z (GMT) by Helmuth Aguirre Scott R. Shaw
<div><p>Two new Ecuadorian wasp species attacking pyralid larvae are described: <i>Meteorus albisericus</i> and <i>M</i><i>eteorus</i><i>pyralivorus</i>, as well as a new Ecuadorian distribution record for <i>M</i><i>eteorus</i><i>desmiae</i> Zitani, another pyralid parasitoid, previously known from Costa Rica and Colombia. The hosts of <i>M.</i><i>albisericus</i> were found feeding on <i>Clibadium glabrescens</i> S. F. Blake (Asteraceae), <i>Diplazium costale</i> var. <i>robustum</i> (Sodiro) Stolze (Dryopteridaceae), <i>Brunellia tomentosa</i> Bonpl. (Brunelliaceae) and <i>Cavendishia</i> sp. Lindl. (Ericaceae). <i>Chusquea scandens</i> Kunth (Poaceae) is the associated plant for <i>M.</i><i>pyralivorus</i> hosts. <i>M</i><i>eteorus</i><i>. albisericus</i> is the first Neotropical <i>Meteorus</i> species with dorsopes whose biology is known. We hypothesize that the parasitism of pyraloid caterpillars has originated at least twice in Neotropical <i>Meteorus</i>.</p><p><a href="http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:B603F36B-4645-490D-AD4D-469088EEF36F" target="_blank">http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:B603F36B-4645-490D-AD4D-469088EEF36F</a></p></div>