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Hymenopteran parasitoids of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)) in Australia, with the description of five new species in the families Braconidae and Eulophidae

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Fagan‐Jeffries, E. P., Miles, M. M., Atkin‐Zaldivar, T.‐C. C., Howe, A. G., Subramaniam, S., Chambers, D. M., Tadle, F. P. J., Adnan, S. M., Sivasubramaniam, V. and Woodward, A. (2024) Hymenopteran parasitoids of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)) in Australia, with the description of five new species in the families Braconidae and Eulophidae. Austral Entomology, 63 (2). pp. 136-174. ISSN 2052-174X2052-1758

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/aen.12682

Abstract

Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) is an invasive pest of agriculturalcrops including sweet corn and maize. The moth was first recorded in Australia inJanuary 2020 and is now considered established in most states and territories, andresearch is underway to develop management strategies. Extensive rearing ofS. frugiperda larvae and eggs occurred from March 2020 to April 2023 to under-stand the parasitoid complex present in Australia and identify potential biologicalcontrol agents. We report here on the hymenopteran parasitoids reared duringthis period, which were identified using a combination of morphology and COIDNA barcoding, and provide images, a key to species, and contextual informationto facilitate future research. Twelve species of parasitoids from five families ofHymenoptera are formally reported as parasitising S. frugiperda in Australia. Fivespecies are here described as new: Chelonus patbat Fagan-Jeffries, sp. nov.(Braconidae), Chelonus trojanus Fagan-Jeffries, sp. nov. (Braconidae), Coccygidiummellosiheroine Atkin-Zaldivar & Fagan-Jeffries, sp. nov. (Braconidae), Coccygidiumnecatrix Atkin-Zaldivar & Fagan-Jeffries, sp. nov. (Braconidae), and Euplectrus frugi-perdata Fagan-Jeffries, sp. nov. (Eulophidae).

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Crop and Food Science, Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:biological control, Chelonus, Coccygidium, Euplectrus
Subjects:Science > Entomology
Plant culture > Field crops > Corn. Maize
Plant pests and diseases
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Organic plant protection. Biological control
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia
Live Archive:10 Jun 2024 04:20
Last Modified:10 Jun 2024 04:21

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