Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

The braconid (Hymenoptera) parasites of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae).

Abstract

Descriptions and keys for identification are given for the Braconidae that attack Lymantria dispar (L.). This includes the following 13 species, some of which have been studied in the past and others which are being propagated for possible release in the USA: Apanteles flavicoxis sp.n. (from L. obfuscata Wlk. in India), A. indiensis sp.n. ( from L. dispar and L. obfuscata in India), A. lacteicolor Vier., A. liparidis (Bch.), A. lymantriae sp.n. (from L. dispar in Japan), A. melanoscelus (Ratz.), A. ocneriae Ivanov, A. porthetriae Mues., A. schaeferi sp.n. (from L. dispar in Japan), Meteorus pulchricornis (Wesm.), M. versicolor (Wesm.), Rogas indiscretus Reardon, and R. lymantriae Watan. Notes on distribution and host range for each species and references to relevant literature are given. Comments are made on a few additional species from the literature that are of doubtful association with L. dispar. M. japonicus Ashm. and M. nipponensis Vier. are synonymised with M. pulchricornis.