The Natural Enemies of Some Banana Insect Pests in Costa Rica

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Leaf-feeding caterpillars of Arachnis albescens Hampson, Caligo memnon Felder, Cermnidia butleri Moschler, Opsiphanes Tamarindi Felder, and Sibine apicalis Dyar are pests of bananas in Costa Rica. Most of the time population densities of these insects are kept relatively low by natural enemies. The above- mentioned hosts were observed to be attacked by the following: A. albescens by Apanteles sp.; C. memnon by Ooencyrtus sp., Sarcophaga lambens Wiedemann, and Xenufens ruskini Girault; C. butleri by Achaetoneura aletiae (Riley), Anolaslimifrons Cope, Apanteles sp., Brachymcria comitator (Walker), Carinodes sp., Elachertus sp., Entomophthora sp., Eriophora edax Blackwall, Eustala fuscovittata Keyserling, Gasteracantha cancriformes L. Macrocentrus sp. near koebelei Vierick, Meteorus laphygmae Vierick, , Uicrogayter sp., Thiodina PseustesChamberlin and 1ve, and Trichogramma pretiosum Riley; O. ta/lwrindi by A. aletiae, and Ooencyrtus submetallicus (Howard); and S. apiralis by A. aletiae, Apanteles sp., Casinaria sp., and Pelceystoma harrisinae (Ashmead).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1963

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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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