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Abstract

Meteorus pulchricornis (Wesmael) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Euphorinae), a new record for New Zealand.

Abstract

Meteorus pulchricornis is newly recorded from widely separated localities throughout New Zealand. A brief description is provided and host associations are discussed. Most hosts recorded from New Zealand are introduced lepidopteran pest species, including Orgyia thyellina, Helicoverpa armigera and Epiphyas postvittana, but one native host (Harmologa oblongana) from a modified habitat has been identified. It is predicted that M. pulchricornis will become a relatively common component of the parasitic hymenopteran fauna in modified habitats, and that it may move onto endemic hosts in native habitats.