Impact of Vairimorpha ephestiae (Microsporidia: Nosematidae) on Bracon hebetor (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), an external parasite of the American bollworm, Heliothis armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

@inproceedings{Moawed2013ImpactOV,
  title={Impact of Vairimorpha ephestiae (Microsporidia: Nosematidae) on Bracon hebetor (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), an external parasite of the American bollworm, Heliothis armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)},
  author={SH. A. M. Moawed and S. S. Marei and Muhammad Saleh and Mervat M Matter},
  year={2013}
}
The impact of the microsporidium Vairimorpha ephestiae on the parasitoid Bracon (= Habrobracon) hebetor increased by increasing the concentration of spores to which its host, Heliothis amigera was exposed. Infecting parasitized hosts with the microsporidia did not significantly affect either the egg or larval duration of the parasitoid, while it caused significant prolongation in pupal duration of B. hebetor. However, infected parasitized hosts produced female parasitoids with reduced longevity… CONTINUE READING