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ACCIDENTAL INTRODUCTION IN ITALY OF THE PARASITOIDSPATHIUS VULNIFICUSWILKINSON (HYMENOPTERA BRACONIDAE DORYCTINAE)


Abstract


This paper reports the finding of the Hymenoptera Doryctinae Spathius vulnificusWilkinson for the first time inEurope. This is an idiobiont ectoparasitoid attacking woodborer larvae of some Bostrichidae (Coleoptera) species. Suchexotic parasitoid, mainly spread in the Oriental and southeastern part of the Palaeartic Region, has been intercepted inassociation with the lesser auger beetle Heterobostrychusaequalis (Waterhouse)(Coleoptera, Bostrichidae), importedfrom the Asian Far East in wood packaging material. This report represents an updating on the worldwide distribution ofthe parasitoid.

Keywords

biological control, exotic species, new invasion, parasitoid

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