Plant-based host preference and larval competition of the tachinid parasitoid Epicampocera succincta

Abstract

We investigated the causes of among-plant variation in the parasitism rate of Pieris melete larvae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) by the parasitoid fly Epicampocera succincta (Diptera: Tachinidae). The rate of parasitism by E. succincta was much higher on the bitter cress Cardamine appendiculata than on any other cruciferous plants. Adult female flies were found… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/PL00012026

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