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Abstract

Parasitoides associated with Anastrepha fraterculus (Diptera: Tephritidae) in native fruits: first record of Aganaspis nordlanderi (Hymenoptera: Figitidae) in the state of Santa Catarina.

Abstract

With the objective of studying the entomofauna of microhymenoptera parasitoids associated with A. fraterculus, we collected fruits from native fruit trees in Caçador, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil. We evaluated fruit from Eugenia involucrata, E. uniflora, Campomanesia xanthocarpa, Psidium cattleyanum (red and yellow), and Rubus sp. For each fruit tree species, we collected 40 fruits from five plants, for a total of 200 fruits per species. The fruits were maintained in plastic boxes containing sterilized sand to obtain puparia, which subsequently, were maintained in cages until the emergence of flies and/or parasitoids. In the fruits collected, we encountered puparia of A. fraterculus, from which emerged Aganaspis nordlanderi, A. pelleranoi (Figitidae: Eucoilinae), Doryctobracon brasiliensis and D. areolatus (Braconidae: Opiinae). This is the first record of the species A. nordlanderi in the State of Santa Catarina. This study also represents the first record of A. fraterculus as host of A. nordlanderi.