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1 May 2007 Morphology and Development of Immature Stages of Fidiobia dominica (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae: Sceliotrachelinae)
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The external morphology and development of immature stages of Fidiobia dominica Evans & Peña (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), a Neotropical solitary endoparasitoid of the eggs of Diaprepes spp. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), are reported. This species behaves as a solitary idiobiont endoparasitoid. It has a stalked egg and two instars. The first instar is cyclopoid and seven-segmented, whereas the second instar is hymenopteriform and 11-segmented. Mandibulae are conspicuous in both instars. On completion of the larval development, the host egg turns amber transparent, making parasitized eggs easily recognizable. The pupa is exarate. F. dominica is a protandrous species and once emerged, males help females to emerge.

Josep-Anton Jacas, Jorge E. Peña, and R. E. Duncan "Morphology and Development of Immature Stages of Fidiobia dominica (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae: Sceliotrachelinae)," Annals of the Entomological Society of America 100(3), 413-417, (1 May 2007). https://doi.org/10.1603/0013-8746(2007)100[413:MADOIS]2.0.CO;2
Received: 10 July 2006; Accepted: 1 December 2006; Published: 1 May 2007
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