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Cotesia plutellae



Cotesia plutellae


  • Last modified
  • 10 December 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Cotesia plutellae
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Cotesia plutellae Kurdyumov

Other Scientific Names

  • Apanteles plutellae Wilkinson

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Plutella-parasit (malaysia)

EPPO code

  • APANPL (Apanteles plutellae)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Hymenoptera
  •                         Family: Braconidae
  •                             Genus: Cotesia
  •                                 Species: Cotesia plutellae

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


BeninPresentIntroducedGreathead and Greathead (1992)Established
Cabo VerdePresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Established
TogoPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain
ZambiaPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain


BangladeshPresentCABI (Undated)
ChinaPresentIntroducedCABI Data Mining (Undated)Establishment uncertain
-HubeiPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
IndiaPresentNativeGreathead (Undated)
-GujaratPresentCABI (Undated)
-Himachal PradeshPresentCABI (Undated)
-KarnatakaPresentCABI (Undated)
-MaharashtraPresentCABI (Undated)
-RajasthanPresentCABI (Undated)
-Tamil NaduPresentCABI (Undated)
IndonesiaPresentCABI (Undated)
JapanPresentNativeGreathead (Undated)
-HokkaidoPresentCABI (Undated)
-HonshuPresentCABI (Undated)
-KyushuPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
MalaysiaPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain
-Peninsular MalaysiaPresentCABI (Undated)
-SabahPresentCABI (Undated)
-SarawakPresentCABI (Undated)
PakistanPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
PhilippinesPresentNativeGreathead (Undated)
SingaporePresentCABI (Undated)
South KoreaPresentCABI (Undated)
Sri LankaPresentCABI (Undated)
TaiwanPresentNativeGreathead (Undated)
ThailandPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain


ItalyPresentCABI (Undated)
NetherlandsPresentCABI (Undated)
RussiaPresentNativeGreathead (Undated)
SpainPresentCABI (Undated)
Union of Soviet Socialist RepublicsPresentCABI (Undated)

North America

Antigua and BarbudaPresentCABI (Undated)
BahamasPresentCABI (Undated)
BarbadosPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain
BelizePresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain
Costa RicaPresentCABI (Undated)
DominicaPresentCABI (Undated)
GrenadaPresentCABI (Undated)
HondurasPresentCABI (Undated)
JamaicaPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain
MontserratPresentCABI (Undated)
Saint Kitts and NevisPresentCABI (Undated)
Saint LuciaPresentCABI (Undated)
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesPresentCABI (Undated)
Trinidad and TobagoPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain
United StatesPresentCABI (Undated)
-HawaiiPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain


AustraliaPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain
FijiPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain
GuamPresentCABI (Undated)
Papua New GuineaPresentIntroducedGreathead (Undated)Establishment uncertain

South America

GuyanaPresentCABI (Undated)
VenezuelaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)

Natural enemy of

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SpeciesStages attackedCountries where known to occurReferences
Autographa gammaLarvae
Autographa nigrisignaLarvae
Cadra cautellaLarvae
Corcyra cephalonica
Ocnogyna baeticaLarvae
Plutella xylostellaLarvae
Spodoptera exigua
Trichoplusia niLarvae

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Greathead D J, Greathead A H, 1992. Biological control of insect pests by insect parasitoids and predators: the BIOCAT database. Biocontrol News and Information. 13 (4), 61N-68N.

Greathead DJ, Undated. BIOCAT Database (unpublished)., Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

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