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A new species of Sympiesis (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) parasitic on the teak defoliator Hyblaea puera (Lepidoptera: Hyblaeidae) in India

  • K. Surekha (a1), J. LaSalle (a2), V.V. Sudheendrakumar (a3) and S.T. Murphy (a4)
Abstract

Sympiesis hyblaeae Surekha sp. n. is described from Kerala, India. This species, which is a solitary endoparasitoid of first and second instar larvae, is a potential biological control agent of the teak defoliator Hyblaea puera (Cramer).

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Dr K. Surekha, Division of Entomology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 110012, India.
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Bulletin of Entomological Research
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