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Phoresy in Xenufens (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae), A Parasite of Caligo eurilochus (Lepidoptera:Nymphalidae)1

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Xenufens sp. near Ruskini Girault parasitizes the eggs of the butterfly, Caligo eurilochus (Cramer), a pest of banana in Ecuador. Adults of this wasp have been found riding on the hind wings of both sexes of the host. During oviposition the butterfly holds its hind wings erect over the body in contact with its abdomen and ovipositor; this action brings the parasite close to the host's eggs, and presumably it is at this time that the eggs are parasitized. Details of this association together with data on the control effected by the parasite are given.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1961

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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