Microplitis Förster, Forster

Gupta, Ankita & Fernández-Triana, José L., 2014, Diversity, host association, and cocoon variability of reared Indian Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), Zootaxa 3800 (1), pp. 1-101: 11

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Microplitis Förster
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Genus Microplitis Förster   ( Figures 83−86 View FIGURES 83 – 86. 83 , 157− 164 View FIGURE 157 View FIGURE 158 View FIGURE 159 View FIGURE 160 View FIGURE 161 View FIGURE 162 View FIGURE 163 View FIGURE 164 )

Microgaster carinicollis Cameron   is transferred to Microplitis   , based on examination of first and second mediotergites, length of metatibia spurs, and size of metaxocoxa: Microplitis carinicollis ( Cameron)   stat. rev.

Rearing Data:   Indian species of Microplitis   were reʗent 1 y re˅Ised by Gupta (2013)' including diagnostic details, illustrations and key to all Indian species. Seventy nine specimens were reared.

Life History Comments: The species Microplitis carinicollis Cameron   ( Figs 157 View FIGURE 157 , 158 View FIGURE 158 ) was reared from Psalis pennatula (Fab.)   ( Erebidae   : Lymantriinae   ). The cocoon was solitary and brown ( Fig. 83 View FIGURES 83 – 86. 83 ).

Microplitis demolitor Wilkinson   ( Fig. 159 View FIGURE 159 ) is reported as a larval parasitoid of several noctuid moths, Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner)   , Helicoverpa   spp., and Spodoptera   spp.

Spodoptera litura (Fabricius)   is recorded as host for M. demolitor Wilkinson   , M. manilae Ashmead   ( Fig. 162 View FIGURE 162 ) and Microplitis prodeniae Rao & Kurian   ( Fig. 163 View FIGURE 163 ).

Microplitis maculipennis (Szepligeti)   ( Fig. 161 View FIGURE 161 ) is a natural biological control agent of the castor semilooper Acanthodelta janata   (L.) ( Fig. 84 View FIGURES 83 – 86. 83 ). This parasitoid wasp has a life cycle of nearly 15 days in India. The brown coloured cocoon remains clasped by the last pair of legs at the anal end of the host caterpillar and remains attached firmly to the leaf surface. The parasitoid is most active from August to October and 80–90 % of parasitism has been observed in the field.

Microplitis spodopterae Rao & Kurian   ( Fig. 164 View FIGURE 164 ) was reared from Spodoptera   sp. feeding on Trigonella foenum-graecum L. The   cocoon is solitary and brown ( Fig. 86 View FIGURES 83 – 86. 83 ).