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Final-instar larvae of native pupal parasites and hyperparasites of Operophtera spp. (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) on southern Vancouver Island. 1985. Humble, L.M. The Canadian Entomologist 117: 525-534.

Year: 1985

Available from: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 2454

Language: English

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Abstract

Three native species of parasites and 3 hyperparasites were reared from pupae of the European winter moth, Operophtera brumata (L.), and the Bruce spanworm, O. bruceata (Hulst), collected in the Victoria area of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in 1981. Two of the pupal parasites also attacked other species of Geometridae. Two species of hyperparasites may have a negative impact on the biological-control agents, Cyzenis albicans (Fall.) and Agrypon flaveolatum (Grav.). Total parasitism by pupal parasites of the Operophtera host complex was about 4%. Descriptions and illustrations of cephalic structures of final-instar larvae of the parasites and a key for their separation are given.

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