Microplitis prodeniae Rao & Kurian 1950

Gupta, Ankita, 2013, Revision of the Indian Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), with description of one new species, Zootaxa 3620 (3), pp. 429-452: 444-446

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3620.3.5

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3509038

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scientific name

Microplitis prodeniae Rao & Kurian 1950
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VII. Microplitis prodeniae Rao & Kurian 1950 

Plate VIII—Figs. 23, 24 & 25.

Plate XII (Host- Spodoptera litura (Fab.))  —Figs. 36, 37 & 38.

Brief diagnosis. Hind femur reddish brown (darker dorsally and apically); tibia medially pale testaceous to white, apical 1 / 3 rd dark brown; 1 / 4 th extreme base with black infuscation. Notauli complete; scutellar sulcus with seven distinct costulae; scutellum dull and rugose; propodeum with median longitudinal carina surrounded by coarse rugosity; transverse carinae present; T 1 of metasoma black (except brown apex); anterior laterotergites light brown, first tergite with the sides parallel (narrow at apex), twice as long as broad, broadly excavate up to the basal two-third in the middle, rugose except for shining apex; second and third tergite reddish brown; smooth and shiny; T 2 dark brown at median field, median fields without slanting margins; T 3 with a mix of red, brown and black colour, black at lateral sides; rest of the metasoma smooth, shiny and black.

Diagnosis. Head, antennae, mesosoma and coxae black; fore and mid legs mostly yellow brown (except dark coxae and tarsi); hind femur reddish brown (darker dorsally and apically); tibia medially pale testaceous, apical 1 / 3 rd dark brown; 1 / 4 th extreme base with black infuscation; wings infuscate, venation brown, stigma and veins dark brown.

Head densely pilose; mesoscutum pilose and rugose punctuate; notauli visible; scutellar sulcus with seven distinct costulae; scutellum dull and rugose; propodeum with median longitudinal carina surrounded by coarse rugosity; transverse carinae present; mesopleuron medially smooth, shining, without pilosity; anterior, posterolateral sides finely punctate with dense pilosity.

PLATE VIII. Microplitis prodeniae Rao & Kurian  (Figs. 23–25). 23. Female, dorsal view 24. Mesosoma 25. Metasoma.

T 1 of metasoma black (except brown apex); anterior laterotergites light brown, first tergite with the sides parallel (narrow at apex), 2 x as long as wide, broadly excavate up to the basal two-third in the middle, rugose except for shining apex; second and third tergite reddish brown; smooth and shiny; T 2 dark brown at median field; T 3 with a mix of red, brown and black colour; black at lateral sides; rest of the metasoma smooth, shiny and black. Ovipositor slightly exserted, visible in dorsal view. T 2 and T 3 with single row of setae in the middle, denser and much scattered on sides. T 4 onwards setae scattered all over the surface of tergites.

Material examined. Two females, Chikballapur, Karnataka, 25.xii. 2011, ex. solitary cocoon on Amaranthus  infested with Spodoptera  sp., coll. Rajeshwari. Code. NBAII/Bra/Mic/ Microplitis  /prod/ 25121. Specimens deposited in NBAII, Bangalore, India.

Distribution. India, China and Vietnam.

Host. Spodoptera litura (Fabricius)  ( Lepidoptera  : Noctuidae  ) (Fig. 36, 37 & 38).