A Survey of Itoplectis melanocephala (Grav.) - A New Ichneumonid Endoparasite on Wax Moth Galleria mellonella L.
Keywords:Itoplectis melanocephala (Grav.), parasite, Ichneumonidae, redescription, biology, Galleria mellonella (L.).
Itoplectis melanocephala (Gravenhorst, 1829) (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Pimplinae), a solitary idiobiont endoparasite, is redescribed. Investigations on the development of the parasite on the newly discovered host wax moth Galleria mellonella (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) were made. Under the laboratory conditions longevity of Itoplectis melanocephala females is between 24 st -40 th days, while in males it is 20 st â€“30 th days. The egg productivity and the hatching of eggs between maximum 6 st -20 th days. Durations of male wasp egg to pupal periods last for 7 st â€“15 th days, while it is found between 13 st -18 th days for females. On average of adult (male:female) sex ratio is 2:1.
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