Ooencyrtus papilionis Ashmead

Gupta, Ankita, Lokhande, Swapnil A. & Soman, Abhay, 2013, Parasitoids of Hesperiidae from peninsular India with description of a new species of Dolichogenidea (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitic on caterpillar of Borbo cinnara (Wallace) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae), Zootaxa 3701 (2), pp. 277-290: 287-289

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Ooencyrtus papilionis Ashmead


Ooencyrtus papilionis Ashmead   ( Encyrtidae   ) from eggs of Bibasis jaina (Moore)  

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The encyrtid wasp, Ooencyrtus papilionis   , is the first ever representative of a parasitic wasp species to be associated with genus Bibasis   on Hipatage benghalensis   (L.). A detailed description of O. papilionis   can be found in Huang & Noyes, 1996).

Brief diagnosis. Head and mesosoma brown; head with metallic tinge; scutellum bluish –green with apex metallic green; legs including coxae yellow; metasoma yellow with apical tergites brown, brown coloration more conspicuous laterally; antenna with proximal three flagellomeres transverse, flagellomeres 4–6 a little longer than broad; fronto-vertex one quarter of head width; scutellum with reticulate punctate sculpture anteriorly; ovipositor mildly exserted. Mandibles with a broad truncation and one tooth.

Material examined. One female and one male, INDIA, Nagala Block, SGNP, Thane District, Maharashtra, 30.viii. 2012, emerged from eggs of Bibasis jaina (Moore)   ( Lepidoptera   : Hesperiidae   ) on host plant Hiptage benghalensis   (L.). coll. Swapnil & Abhay. Three females, sept. 2012, emerged from single egg of B. jaina   , coll. Paresh V. Churi. All specimens deposited in National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects (NBAII), Bangalore, India. Code. NBAII/Enc/Ooe/papi/ 30812.

Host Record. New host record from eggs of Bibasis jaina (Moore)   ( Lepidoptera   : Hesperiidae   ) on host pant Hiptage benghalensis   (L.). It has also been reported from other hesperiids, Erionata thrax and Hasora   sp. (Noyes 2013) and from various lepidopteran eggs (Huang & Noyes, 1994).