Gryon aetherium Talamas (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae): Parasitoid of Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister) (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) Adventive in Chile

N. Rocío Rojas-Gálvez, Elijah Talamas, Marta V. Albornoz, M. Fernanda Flores, Wilson Barros-Parada, Alexandre Bout

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Abstract

A parasitoid wasp, Gryon aetherium Talamas (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae), was reared from eggs of the invasive stink bug Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister) (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) in Chile. The identification of G. aetherium, which is under study as a biological control agent, was made with morphological and molecular data in the context of a recent taxonomic treatment of this species. The presence of an adventive population of G. aetherium in South America has implications for biological control of B. hilaris in Chile, and other countries on the continent, where this stink bug may become a pest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-501
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Hymenoptera Research
Volume87
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biological control
  • DNA barcoding
  • Egg parasitoid
  • Invasive species
  • Stink bug

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