Morphological and Molecular Methods in Identification of Aphidius transcaspicus Telenga (Hym: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) Parasitoid of Hyalopterus spp. (Hom: Aphididae) with Additional Data on Aphidiinae Phylogeny

  • Najme Jafari Ahmadabadi Ferdowsi university of Mashhad ,Iran
  • Javad Karimi Ferdowsi university of Mashhad ,Iran
  • Mehdi Modarres Awal Ferdowsi university of Mashhad ,Iran
  • Ehsan Rakhshani Department of plant protection , Faculty of Agriculture , University of Zabol
Keywords: Aphidius transcaspicus, Hyalopterus pruni, ITS2, Iran

Abstract

During 2009-2010, aphid parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) on stone fruit trees were investigated in Khorasan Razavi province, North East of Iran. In this survey, eight species from six genera, were reared from 26 associations (Aphid-host plant-parasitoid) in different localities in Khorasan Razavi province. Aphidius transcaspicus (62%) was the most abundant species of aphid parasitoids, in strict association with Hyalopterus spp. ITS2 rDNA sequence analyses confirmed classical studies. In phylogenetic analyses, our specimen, A. transcaspicus Mashhad1, made a single clade with other populations of this species. A. transcaspicus showed a good control potential on Hyalopterus pruni Geoffroy (Hom: Aphididae) on plum and apricot. So it can be used as a biocontrol agent against the mealy plum aphid in Khorasan Razavi geographical climates.

Published
2011-07-12
How to Cite
Jafari Ahmadabadi, N., Karimi, J., Modarres Awal, M., & Rakhshani, E. (2011). Morphological and Molecular Methods in Identification of Aphidius transcaspicus Telenga (Hym: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) Parasitoid of Hyalopterus spp. (Hom: Aphididae) with Additional Data on Aphidiinae Phylogeny. Journal of the Entomological Research Society, 13(2), 91. Retrieved from http://www.entomol.org/journal/index.php/JERS/article/view/303
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Journal of the Entomological Research Society