Florida Entomologist (2020) 103, 293-295

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Worrel A. Diedrick, Lambert H.B. Kanga, Muhammad Haseeb, Jesusa C. Legaspi and Mrittunjai Srivastava (2020)
First record of Ooencyrtus nezarae (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), a parasitoid of Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) in Florida
Florida Entomologist 103 (2), 293-295
Abstract: During our study on egg parasitoids of the kudzu bug in Florida, we collected egg masses of Megacopta cribraria on kudzu and catnip for laboratory rearing. We found a new egg parasitoid, Ooencyrtus nezarae on M. cribraria, which represents the first Florida record of this parasitoid species. The wasp is widely distributed in Asia, and it will strengthen biological control of the kudzu bug in Florida. Future studies will assess comparative parasitism levels of Paratelenomus saccharalis and O. nezarae, as well as the dynamics of populations of these biological control agents.
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Database assignments for author(s): Lambert H.B. Kanga, Muhammad Haseeb, Jesusa Crisostomo Legaspi

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Megacopta cribraria U.S.A. (SE)
Ooencyrtus nezarae (parasitoid) Megacopta cribraria U.S.A. (SE)