First record of Closteroceruschamaeleon, parasitoid of the Eucalyptus Gall Wasp Ophelimusmaskelli (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Eulophidae), in the New World.
- Author(s): Burks, Roger A;
- Mottern, Jason L;
- Pownall, Nicole G;
- Waterworth, Rebeccah;
- Paine, Timothy D
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.504.9728
The uniparental parasitoid Closteroceruschamaeleon (Girault) is discovered to be fortuitously present on a population of the invasive Eucalyptus Gall Wasp Ophelimusmaskelli (Ashmead) in Riverside, California. This is the first report from the New World of Closteroceruschamaeleon, which has proven to be a highly effective natural enemy of Ophelimusmaskelli in the Mediterranean Basin. The taxonomy and identification of Closteroceruschamaeleon is discussed.