Phoresy ofTelenomus sp. (Scelionidae: Hymenoptera), an egg parasitoid of the tussock mothEuproctis taiwana
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The phoretic relationship between the egg parasitoidTelenomus sp. cf.euproctidis Wilcox and its host the tussock mothEuproctis taiwana was studied in Okinawa, Japan. One third of the female moths studied in the field carried female parasitoid adults. No male moths carried parasitoids. Parasitoids were observed only in the anal tuft of the moth. Laboratory observation revealed that most of the parasitoids left the body of the moth at the time of the first oviposition of their host and proceeded to lay eggs on the moth egg masses.
KeywordsAnimal Ecology Laboratory Observation Female Moth Male Moth Parasitoid Adult
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