Trichopria drosophilae (parasitoid)

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Trichopria drosophila attacking a Drosophila suzukii pupa on a blueberry (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Kent M. Daane
Source: Journal of Integrated Pest Management (2019) vol. 10 art. 13

Trichopria drosophilae (parasitoid) Perkins, 1910

This wasp is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. It is a solitary pupal parasitoid of Drosophilidae species. Since the invasion of the spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) into various regions around the world, T. drosophilae has been studied as a native parasitoid which can be easily mass-reared and released. Such augmentative biological control can substantially increase parasitization rates and suppress D. suzukii populations (Stacconi et al., 2019). T. drosophilae is commercially available in some countries.