Heterospilus brullei Marsh

Marsh, Paul M., Wild, Alexander L. & Whitfield, James B., 2013, The Doryctinae (Braconidae) of Costa Rica: genera and species of the tribe Heterospilini, ZooKeys 347, pp. 1-474: 43-45

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Heterospilus brullei Marsh

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Heterospilus brullei Marsh  sp. n. Figure 23


Body size: 3.5 mm. Color: head dark brown, face light brown; scape yellow with lateral longitudinal brown stripe, flagellum brown, apical flagellomeres white ex cept last 3-5 brown; mesosoma entirely dark brown except propleuron occasionally lighter; metasoma dark brown to black, tergum 6 yellow, tergum 7 light brown; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex transversely costate; frons weakly striate; face smooth; temple in dorsal view narrow, not bulging beyond eye, less than 1/2 eye width; malar space equal to 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance about twice diameter of lateral ocellus; 32 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes smooth and shining; notauli scrobiculate, meeting at scutellum in broadly triangular costate area; scutellum smooth; prescutellar furrow with 3-5 cross carinae; mesopleuron smooth; precoxal sulcus smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter smooth; propodeum with basal median areas distinctly margined, rugose or costate, basal median carina short but distinct, areola distinctly margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose or costate. Wings: fore wing vein r only slightly shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum costate, apical width about equal to length; second tergum costate, narrow with apical width about 4 times length; anterior transverse groove present, sinuate; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum costate basally, granulate apically; terga 4-7 weakly granulate; ovipositor equal to length of metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top Label (white, partially printed and hand written) - Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Santa Rosa Natl. Park [;] 300m, ex. Malaise trap [;] Site #: (blank) [;] Dates: 14. viii– 6.ix.1986 [;] I.D. Gauld & D. Janzen; second label (white, printed) - [SE] Bosque San Emilio [;] 30yr old deciduous forest [;] [C] more or less fully [;] shaded as possible; third label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] brullei [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


1 ♀, same data as holotype, dates of 16. xi– 7.xii.1985 (ESUW). 4 ♀♀, S.RosaPark,Guan, Guan. [;] C. Rica, 6 Jul 77, 11 Jul 77, 25 Jul 77 and 4 Dec 77 [;] D.H. Janzen [;] Riparian and Dry Hill (AEIC).


This species is distinguished by the smooth and shining mesoscutal lobes, the costate junction of the notauli and the rugose or costate basal median areas of the propodeum.


Named for A. Brullé who described a few Braconidae  in the early 1800s.