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Abstract

Natural egg parasitism by scelionidae on a phycitine cactus moth in Mexico.

Abstract

The detection of native natural enemies that can use Cactoblastis cactorum as a host is relevant after its invasion of North America. We detected wasps (Scelionidae) parasitizing eggs of Melitara cf. junctolineella (a closely related cactus moth in the Phycitini) in Bustamante, Nuevo Leon, northeastern Mexico. This is the first report of Scelionidae parasitizing eggs of phycitine cactus moths. The capability of this wasp to parasitize C. cactorum eggs should be investigated.