Cotesia plutellae (Kurdjumov, 1912)

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

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3616.6.1

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scientific name

Cotesia plutellae (Kurdjumov, 1912)
status

 

Cotesia plutellae (Kurdjumov, 1912) 

( Figs 7View FIGURE 7 a –c, 8 b)

Apanteles plutellae Kurdjumov, 1912: 226 

Diagnosis. Entire hind coxa densely rugose. Scutellum entirely coarsely rugose-punctate without smooth interpunctures spaces. Tergite 3 setose on its almost entire surface. Metasoma usually laterally bright yellowish.

Description. cf. Nixon, 1974: 495 for details.

Material examined. 1 Ƥ St Pierre / Bassin Martin, alt. 290m, XII. 2010, leg. Cirad; 1 Ƥ St André, IX. 1997, leg. Cirad; 1 Ƥ (CBGP 14805 RVA 556) La Réunion / St André sur Brassica  25 /09/ 1997.

Host records. More than 30 lepidopteran species in Arctiidae  , Lasiocampidae  , Lymantriidae  , Noctuidae  , Notodontidae  , Nymphalidae  , Pieridae  , Plutellidae  , Pterophoridae  , Pyralidae  , and Tortricidae  . The host ranges includes the major pests Helicoverpa armigera  (Hübner: brassicae (L.: rapae (L.), Plutella xylostella  (L.), and Spodoptera exigua (Hübner)  .

Distribution records. Palearctic, Oriental, Australasian. Isolated records in Ethiopian Region: Benin and South Africa. Reunion (new record).

Comments. Cotesia plutellae  has been considered as a junior synonym of C. vestalis (Shaw 2003)  . Nevertheless, a recent investigation of the DNA of C. plutellae (Rincon et al. 2006)  suggests it is a distinct species. Cotesia plutellae  is also easily confounded with C. ruficrus  . Both species are distinguishable by the microsculpture of the scutellum (coarser in C. plutellae  ) and the pilosity of tergum 3 ( C. plutellae  has hairs on entire surface, while in C. ruficrus  the pilosity is confined to the apical margin).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Braconidae

Genus

Cotesia