Nectar-Seeking and Host-Seeking by Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae), a Parasitoid of Scapteriscus Mole Crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae)

@inproceedings{Portman2010NectarSeekingAH,
  title={Nectar-Seeking and Host-Seeking by Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae), a Parasitoid of Scapteriscus Mole Crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae)},
  author={Scott L Portman and J. Howard Frank and Robert Mcsorley and Norman C. Leppla},
  booktitle={Environmental entomology},
  year={2010}
}
ABSTRACT Larra bicolor F. (Hymenoptera; Crabronidae) is a specialist parasitoid of Scapteriscus (Orthoptera; Gryllotalpidae) mole crickets, attacking adults and medium to large nymphs of the hosts. Adult wasps derive energy from plant nectars. In replicated trials in pastures in northern Florida, many more wasps fed on nectar of Spermacoce verticillata F. (Rubiaceae), a non-native plant, than on nectar of the native plants Spermacoce prostrata Aubl. or Spermacoce remota Lamarck. Few of them… Expand
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