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DNA BARCODES REVEAL A NEW HOST RECORD FOR CARCELIA ATRICOSTAHERTING (DIPTERA TACHINIDAE) IN ITALY


Abstract


The parasitoid-host association between Orgyia antiqua(Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) and Carceliaatricosta Herting (Diptera: Tachinidae) is recorded here for the first time in Italy. A single caterpillar of O. antiqua wascollected in Northern Italy (Arzergrande, Padua, Veneto Region) in June 2015. After the specimen died, a single tachinidlarva emerged and pupariated. The emerged parasitoid was identified using DNA barcoding, with DNA extracted from thetachinid pupa. This is the first distributional record of C. atricostain Northern Italy and the second for Italy, only two otherspecimens having being recorded previously (Abruzzo Region, Central Italy).

Keywords

Parasitoid, parasitoid-host association, host range, Lepidoptera, Orgyia antiqua, pupa.