Euplectrus puttleri Gordh

Hansson, Christer, Smith, M. Alex, Janzen, Daniel H. & Hallwachs, Winnie, 2015, Integrative taxonomy of New World Euplectrus Westwood (Hymenoptera, Eulophidae), with focus on 55 new species from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, northwestern Costa Rica, ZooKeys 485, pp. 1-236: 111-112

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Euplectrus puttleri Gordh


Taxon classification Animalia Hymenoptera Eulophidae

Euplectrus puttleri Gordh   Figures 706-708, 709-715, 800

Euplectrus puttleri   Gordh in Puttler et al., 1980: 28-29. Holotype ♀ (USNM), not found.


Type material: 10♀ 3♂ paratypes of Euplectrus puttleri   (UCR).


Lower face medially yellowish-white with median ⅓ yellowish-brown, pale area reaching slightly outside of outer lateral margins of toruli (Figs 710, 711); dorsellum anteriorly with a groove that medially is 0.6 × as long as dorsellum (Fig. 800); legs yellowish-brown with hind coxa slightly darker (Fig. 709); petiole 0.7 × as long as wide in female, 0.8 × in male; gaster with anterior ½ yellowish-brown (female, Fig. 712) or white (male, Fig. 713), with wide dark brown lateral margins, posterior ½ dark brown (Fig. 715).


Female. Length of body 2.3 mm. Antenna with scape and pedicel yellowish-brown, flagellomeres pale brown (Fig. 714). Mandibles and palpi yellowish-white. Head black and shiny, lower face medially yellowish-white with median ⅓ yellowish-brown, pale area extending slightly outside of outer lateral margins of toruli, parts between pale area and eyes black (Fig. 710). Frons close to eyes with two rows of setae (Fig. 706). Vertex smooth (Fig. 707). Occipital margin with a carina (Fig. 707).

Mesosoma black and shiny (Fig. 709). Each sidelobe of mesoscutum with 11 setae. Scutellum 1.0 × as long as wide; with rather weak and engraved reticulation and with elongate meshes, posterior and lateral margins smooth (Fig. 708). Dorsellum anteriorly with a very wide groove, medially 0.6 × as long as length of dorsellum, that is divided by longitudinal carinae (Fig. 800). Propodeum smooth (Fig. 800); anteromedially with a semicircular cup; propodeal callus with 9-12 setae. Legs yellowish-brown with hind coxa slightly darker (Fig. 709). Fore wing: costal cell on ventral surface with one row of setae, and margin with three setae close to marginal vein; with 13 admarginal setae, in one row.

Gaster with anterior ½ yellowish-brown with wide dark brown lateral margins, posterior ½ dark brown (Fig. 712).

Ratios. HE/MS/WM = 1.6/1.0/1.1; POL/OOL/POO = 9.5/5.5/1.0; OOL/DO = 1.7; WE/WF/WH/HH = 1.0/3.8/6.3/4.7; WH/WT = 1.1; PM/ST = 1.0; TS1/TS2/LT/LT1/LT2/LT3/LT4 = 3.8/2.4/6.0/1.8/1.4/1.0/1.6; LP/WP = 0.7; MM/LG = 1.0.

Male. Length of body 1.5 mm. Scape slightly expanded and widest above the middle and with base narrow (Fig. 715), sensory area dark brown and confined to apicoventral ⅓. Otherwise similar to female except petiole longer and pale parts of gaster white (Fig. 713).

Ratios. LC/WS = 4.4; LP/WP = 0.8; MM/LG = 1.0.

Hosts and biology.

Anticarsia gemmatalis   ( Erebidae   ) ( Puttler et al. 1980).


Colombia, and introduced into the USA (Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi) ( Puttler et al. 1980).


The holotype female of Euplectrus puttleri   that according to the original description should be deposited in USNM could not be found there (M. Gates, personal communication).