Gupta, Ankita, Churi, Paresh V., Sengupta, Ashok & Mhatre, Sarang, 2014, Lycaenidae parasitoids from peninsular India with description of four new species of microgastrine wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) along with new insights on host relationships, Zootaxa 3827 (4), pp. 439-470: 455-470
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Plates. XV (Figs 54−57); XVI (Figs 58−60).
Brief diagnosis. Mason (1981) mentioned characters separating it from Cotesia – Smoothness of propodeum and latero distal excavation of female fore tarsi as the key characters. Metasomal second tergum with median tergite, usually subtriangular, narrower in the anterior region than posterior. Propodeum with medium sculpture and rugosity (rugosity lesser in Cotesia and more in Glyptapanteles ) without median longitudinal carina. Fore tarsus with apico ventral margin of apical segment excavated, with conspicuous seta.
PLATE XI. Tajuria cippus (Fabricius) . Figs 37−41. 37 —Unparasitized caterpillar. 38 —Cocoon of P. regale n. sp. with caterpillar. 39 —Cocoons of A. folia with caterpillars. 40 & 41 —Adults of T. cippus , male.
PLATE XII. Brachymeria lasus (Walker) . Figs 42−47. 42 —Habitus. 43 — Anthene lycaenina (Felder) caterpillar. 44. Parasitized pupa (right) of A. lycaenina . 45 —Parasitized caterpillar of A. lycaenina . 46 & 47. Adult butterfly, A. lycaenina .
PLATE XIV. Rathinda amor (Fabricius) . Figs 52−53. 52 —Caterpillars. 53 —Adult butterfly.
PLATE XIX. Arhopala amantes Hewitson . Figs 67−72. 67 —Healthy caterpillars. 68 —Parasitized caterpillar. 69 —Pupa. 70. Adult butterfly. 71 —Female adult. 72 —Male adult.
PLATE XX. Spindasis vulcanus (Fabricius) . Figs 73−76. 73 —Caterpillar. 74 —Parasitized caterpillar. 75 —Pupa. 76 —Adult butterfly.
TABLE 1. List of the Lycaenidae host species, associated parasitoids, stage of parasitism, nature of cocoon, and associated host plant.
S. No. Lycaenid host species Parasitoid species Stage of Nature of Host plant parasitism Cocoon
Bethune-Baker (code: 25113)
n. sp. sp. Gupta et al.
Cocoon solitary gregarious solitary solitary gregarious
Female body length in
Angle between veins 2 Rs Number of costulae in 10 12 11 12 8
Antenna colour Scape, pedicel and scape distinctly antenna scape brown antenna scape brown scape brownish black, flagellum black yellowish brown in basal 1 / 3 rd, apical apically and ventrally (pedicel dark 1 / 3 rd yellow yellowish brown; pedicel brown yellow brown; flagellar segments brownish black
Ratio of 1 r and 2 Rs vein 1.52 2 1 1.52 1.27
of fore wing
General body colour Black Black Black Black except Black
metasoma mix of
yellow brown and
black; first and
second tergites black
T 2 /T 3 (median length) 0.72 subequal 1.18 0.76 0.72 Material examined. Protapanteles sp. 0 1 —One female, INDIA, Maharashtra, Chinchoti, Naigon, 25.i. 2013, coll. Paresh V. Churi, ex. Tarucus balkanicus nigra on the host plant Ziziphus mauritiana Lam. , NBAII //Bra/Prot/ sp/ 25113. Protapanteles sp. 0 2 —one female, Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur, 10.vi. 2013, coll. Ashok Sengupta, ex. Tarucus callinara Butler on the host plant Ziziphus jujube Mill. , NBAII //Bra/Prot/sp/ 10613.
Remarks. Both the species were different but species identity could not be ascertained as single wasps were reared from their respective hosts.
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