Effect of parasitism byAscogaster reticulatus [Hym.: Braconidae] on growth of the host,Adoxophyes sp. [Lep.: Tortricidae]

The developmental interaction between the egg/larval parasitoid,Ascogaster reticulatus Watanabe (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and its host,Adoxophyes sp. (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) was examined. Prior to the egress of a final-instar parasitoid larva from the 4th-instar host larva, host weight decreased by 22% from the maximum weight. The final body weight of a… CONTINUE READING