Habrobracon pillerianae Fischer, 1980,

Scaramozzino, Pier Luigi, Loni, Augusto & Lucchi, Andrea, 2017, A review of insect parasitoids associated with Lobesiabotrana (Denis & Schiffermueller, 1775) in Italy. 1. DipteraTachinidae and HymenopteraBraconidae (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae), ZooKeys 647, pp. 67-100: 79

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Habrobracon pillerianae Fischer, 1980


Habrobracon pillerianae Fischer, 1980 

Habrobracon pillerianae  Loni et al. 2016

Bracon  s. l.: Scaramozzino et al. (in press)

Italian distribution of reared parasitoids.

Tuscany: Loni et al. 2016, Scaramozzino et al. (in press)


Currently this species is only found in Asian Turkey ( Fischer 1980) and in Tuscany (Italy) ( Loni et al. 2016)

Host range and ecological role.

Very little information is available on this species ( Fischer 1980). This author described Habrobracon pillerianae  on the basis of six specimens emerged from Sparganothis pilleriana  in Central Anatolia (Turkey). We personally obtained this Braconid by EGVM larvae feeding on grapevine in Cerreto Guidi (FI) in June 2005 and August 2008 and on Daphne gnidium  in San Rossore (Pisa), from late June to early September 2014 ( Loni et al. 2016). Although it proved to be the most common species among the Braconinae  found in S. Rossore (it accounted for about 6% of all collected parasitoids), the parasitism rate on Lobesia botrana  larvae was only around 1.3%.

Also in this species the larvae developed both solitary and gregariously, with up to three individuals feeding on the same host ( Loni et al. 2016).