Apanteles opuntiarum (parasitoid)

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Apanteles opuntiarum parasitising early instars of Cactoblastis cactorum, lower left: egg stick of C. cactorum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Fitzgerald et al.
Source: Insects (2016) 7(4), art. 59

Apanteles opuntiarum (parasitoid) Martínez & Berta, 2012

This wasp is similar to Apanteles alexanderi and has been apparently confused with that species before its description (Martínez et al., 2012). It is found in South America where it is an endoparasitoid of the cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum). Unlike A. alexanderi its host range is restricted and it is studied as a possible candidate for classical biological control in areas invaded by the cactus moth (Srivastava et al., 2019).