Notes on the host-feeding and hyperparasitic behaviours of Itoplectis species (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae, Pimplinae) - NMS Research Repository
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Notes on the host-feeding and hyperparasitic behaviours of Itoplectis species (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae, Pimplinae)

2009

Abstract

Dissections of campoplegine ichneumonid prepupae in cocoons parasitised by Itoplectis maculator and I. aterrima revealed that both are truly endoparasitic in this context, and that campoplegine prepupae remain capable of movement for a time following parasitisation by these Itoplectis species. Oviposition and host-feeding behaviours by the two Itoplectis species are briefly described. It is speculated that the mobility of Phobocampe and Scirtetes cocoons may deter attack from many potential pseudohyperparasitoids, though possibly promoting specialisation on them by others.

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