Psilochalcis Kieffer, 1905,

Falahatpisheh, Ali, Fallahzadeh, Majid, Dousti, Abu Fazel & Delvare, Gérard, 2018, Review of Iranian Chalcididae (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea) with nomenclatural notes, Zootaxa 4394 (2), pp. 251-269: 262

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Psilochalcis Kieffer, 1905


Psilochalcis Kieffer, 1905 

The genus Psilochalcis  , with 55 species, is well represented in the Palaearctic region. The hosts are known only for a few species, e.g. the Nearctic Psilochalcis  described by Grissell & Schauff (1981) were reared respectively from the lepidopterans Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Zeller)  ( Crambidae  ) and Stegasta bosqueella (Chambers)  ( Gelechiidae  ). The data relative to the Old World species concern P. ceratoniae  , a parasitoid of Apomyelois ceratoniae  [= Ectomyelois ceratoniae (Zeller, 1839)  ] ( Pyralidae  ) in Iran, P. soudanensis (Steffan)  which attacks cereal stem borers mainly of the family Crambidae  in the Afrotropics (Steffan 1951c; Polaszek et al. 1994), P. capensis (Steffan)  a parasitoid of Epascestria  [= Loxostege  ] frustalis (Zeller) ( Crambidae  ) (Steffan 1956) sometimes through Braconidae  or Tachinidae (Prinsloo 1980)  and P. ghanii (Habu)  a parasitoid of Chilo partellus (Swinhoe)  ( Crambidae  ) in the Oriental Region.