, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 493–501 | Cite as

Intrinsic competition between the gregarious parasite,Cotesia glomeratus and the solitary parasite.Cotesia rubecula [Hymenoptera: Braconidae] for their host.Artogeia rapae [Lepidoptera: Pieridae]

  • J. E. Laing
  • J. E. Corrigan


The solitary endoparasite,Cotesia rubecula, was superior to the gregarious endoparasite,Cotesia glomeratus, in tests of intrinsic competition for their hostArtogeia rapae. When an egg ofC. rubecula was oviposited in the host prior to those ofC. glomeratus, C. rubecula always won the ensuing competition. When an egg ofC. rubecula was laid in the same host within 48 h after oviposition byC. glomeratus, C. rubecula was successful in more than 90% of the interactions. Even when the egg ofC. rubecula was oviposited in the same host 72 to 96 h after oviposition byC. glomeratus, C. rubecula won the competition approximately 33% of the time. The implications of intrinsic competition are discussed in relation to the establishment ofC. rubecula in an ecosystem containingA. rapae andC. glomeratus.


multiple parasitism intrinsic competition Cotesia glomeratus Cotesia rubecula Artogeia rapae 


L'endoparasite solitaireCotesia rubecula était supérieur à l'endoparasite grégaire,Cotesia glomeratus dans des tests de compétition interspécifique au niveau de leur hôteArtogeia rapae. Quand un œuf deC. rubecula était pondu dans l'hôte avant celui deC. glomeratus, C. rubecula gagnait toujours la compétition s'ensuivant. Quand un œuf deC. rubecula était déposé dans le même hôte dans les 48 heures après la ponte deC. glomeratus, C. rubecula l'emportait dans plus de 90% des interactions. Même quand l'œuf deC. rubecula était pondu dans le même hôte de 72 à 96 heures après la ponte deC. glomeratus, C. rubecula remportait la compétition approximativement dans les 33% des cas. Les implications de la compétition interspécifique sont discutées en relation avec l'établissement deC. rubecula dans un écosystème renfermantA. rapae etC. glomeratus.

Mots Clefs

Parasitisme multiple compétition interspécifique Cotesia glomeratus Cotesia rubecula Artogeia rapae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. E. Laing
    • 1
  • J. E. Corrigan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental BiologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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