Homolobus (Phylacter) meridionalis van Achterberg, 1979

Mifsud, David, Farrugia, Lucia & Shaw, Mark R., 2019, Braconid and ichneumonid (Hymenoptera) parasitoid wasps of Lepidoptera from the Maltese Islands, Zootaxa 4567 (1), pp. 47-60: 54

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Homolobus (Phylacter) meridionalis van Achterberg, 1979


Homolobus (Phylacter) meridionalis van Achterberg, 1979 

Material examined: MALTA, Buskett , Verdala Palace, 1.xii.2016 –30. i.2017, 1 ♀, in Malaise trap, DM, DMC [parasitoid determined by Mark Shaw]  .

Notes: Even though this koinobiont endoparasitoid was not reared from a lepidopteran host, it is being included for two reasons: (i) it represents a new record for the Maltese Islands and (ii) because its only known host is a lepidopteran. This species was recorded as a parasitoid of the noctuid, Dryobota labecula (Esper, 1788)  feeding in spring on Quercus  in southern France, but it is probably a bivoltine species and likely to parasitize low-feeding noctuids in its overwintering generation ( Shaw, 2015).


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