Cotesia sesamiae ( Cameron , 1906)

Rousse, Pascal & Gupta, Ankita, 2013, Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local species, including 18 new taxa and a key to species, Zootaxa 3616 (6), pp. 501-547: 516-517

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scientific name

Cotesia sesamiae ( Cameron , 1906)
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Cotesia sesamiae ( Cameron, 1906) 

( Figs 7View FIGURE 7 f, 8 e)

Apanteles sesamiae Cameron, 1906: 335  .

Diagnosis. Mesosoma  dorso-ventrally depressed, nearly 2 x longer than high. Scutellum smooth. Hind coxa strongly punctate dorsally. Antenna of female stout, 0.6 x longer than body. Pedicel entirely yellowish. Hind coxa brownish-testaceous.

Description. cf. Van Achterberg and Polaszek, 1996: 65 for details.

Material examined. 2 Ƥ St Paul / Tan Rouge, alt. 800m, VI. 2011, leg. Cirad; 2 Ƥ same location, I. 2011, leg. Cirad; 1 Ƥ Reunion, 1982, leg. Cirad.

Host records. Fifteen species of Noctuidae  and Pyralidae  , including the major pests Busseola fusca (Fuller)  , Chilo orichalcociliellus (Strand)  , C. partellus (Swinhoe)  , Eldana saccharina Walker  , Maliarpha separattella Ragonot  , and Sesamia calamistis Hampson. 

Distribution records. Subsaharian Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius. Reunion (Van Achterberg and Polaszek (1996).

Comments. Introduced into Mauritius (1951–1952), Reunion (1953–1955) and Madagascar (date unknown) for the biocontrol of stem borers of Poaceae (Kfir et al. 2002)  . Also introduced without establishment into India from Uganda in 1967 for the biocontrol of Chilo  spp., Scirpophaga excerptalis (Walker)  and Acigona steniellus (Hampson)  in sorghum, maize, and sugarcane crops. Inundative releases were made in Maharashtra and Punjab (Rao et al. 1971; Sankaran 1974).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Braconidae

Genus

Cotesia