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Abstract

Report of Leptocybe invasa (Hym.: Eulophidae), gall wasp of Eucalyptus camaldulensis with notes on biology in Shiraz vicinity.

Abstract

L. invasa, inducing typical galls on the stems, petioles and leaves of E. camaldulensis in Shiraz, Iran, is reported and some notes on its biology are provided. This wasp displays thelytokous reproduction and only female is known. The developmental time from oviposition to emergence of adult is 126.2 and 138.3 days in laboratory and field conditions, respectively. The galls reach 2-4 mm in length and red in colour at the end of larval development. The wasp overwinters as mature larva and pupa, and adults begin to emerge from early spring and start oviposition. The wasp produces 2 or 3 overlapping generations annually in Shiraz.