Neotropical Entomology

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 660–667 | Cite as

Comparing Potential as Biocontrol Agents of Two Neotropical Parasitoids of Liriomyza sativae

  • T C Costa-LimaEmail author
  • M C M Chagas
  • J R P Parra
Biological Control


We evaluated the potential of two parasitoids as biocontrol agents of Liriomyza sativae Blanchard in northeastern Brazil. The two species were the koinobiont larval-pupal endoparasitoid Phaedrotoma scabriventris Nixon (Braconidae) and the idiobiont larval endoparasitoid Chrysocharis vonones (Walker) (Eulophidae). The biological parameters evaluated were survivorship, parasitism, and host-feeding, at 25 and 30°C. Differences between the species were observed at 25°C, but not at 30°C. At 25°C, the total parasitism for P. scabriventris (196.1 ± 17.7) and C. vonones (176.6 ± 7.24) was similar and with higher values compared to 30°C, 102.5 ± 8.81 and 89.1 ± 5 66 parasitized larvae, respectively. However, C. vonones showed a 3.97 lower survivorship as well as higher daily parasitism (1.4-fold) and host-feeding means (1.9-fold) than the braconid at 25°C. The results indicate a potential for both natural enemies to be used as biocontrol agents of L. sativae. The differences between species detected at 25°C suggest the best conditions for the application of each parasitoid.


Host-feeding temperature serpentine leafminer Agromyzidae Braconidae Eulophidae 



We thank Dr. V. Costa (Instituto Biológico, Brazil) and Dr. M. Fischer (Naturhistorisches Museum, Austria) for the identification of the parasitoids and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Nível Superior (CAPES) for a grant to the first author.

Author Contribution

TCCL, MCMC, and JRPP planned and designed the study, TCCL executed experimental work and conducted the data analyses, and TCCL, MCMC, and JRPP wrote the manuscript.

Funding Information

This study was financially supported by the National Institute of Science and Technology of Semiochemicals in Agriculture (CNPq/FAPESP).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa AgropecuáriaEmbrapa SemiáridoPetrolinaBrasil
  2. 2.Empresa de Pesquisa Agropecuária do Rio Grande do Norte – EMPARNParnamirimBrasil
  3. 3.Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz”/ Universidade de São Paulo –– USP/ESALQSão PauloBrasil

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