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1 April 2012 Hymenopteran Parasitoids Associated with Frugivorous Larvae in a Brazilian Caatinga-Cerrado Ecotone
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The purpose of this study was to investigate native species of parasitoids of frugivorous larvae and their associations with host plants in commercial guava orchards and in typical native dry forests of a caatinga-cerrado ecotone in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Nine species of parasitoids were associated with larvae of Anastrepha (Tephritidae) and Neosilba (Lonchaeidae) in fruit of Psidium guajava L. (Myrtaceae), Ziziphus joazeiro Mart. (Rhamnaceae), Spondias tuberosa Arruda (Anacardiaceae), Spondias dulcis Forst. (Anacardiaceae), Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels (Myrtaceae), and Randia armata (Sw.) DC. (Rubiaceae). Doryctobracon areolatus was the most abundant species, obtained from puparia of Anastrepha zenildae, An. sororcula, An. fraterculus, An. obliqua, and An. turpiniae. This is the first report of Asobara obliqua in Brazil and of As. anastrephae and Tropideucoila weldi in dry forests of Minas Gerais State. The number of species of parasitoids was higher in areas with greater diversity of cultivated species and lower pesticide use. The forest fragments adjacent to the orchards served as shelter for parasitoids of frugivorous larvae.

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A. R. De Souza, G. N. Lopes-Mielezrski, E. N. Lopes, R. B. Querino, C.D.A. Corsato, T. A. Giustolin, and R. A. Zucchi "Hymenopteran Parasitoids Associated with Frugivorous Larvae in a Brazilian Caatinga-Cerrado Ecotone," Environmental Entomology 41(2), 233-237, (1 April 2012). https://doi.org/10.1603/EN11121
Received: 13 May 2011; Accepted: 1 January 2012; Published: 1 April 2012
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