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Abstract

Eggs of a number of cockroach species are parasitized by Tetrastichus hagenowii. The ultrastructure of the sensilla on the antennae of females and males was examined by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The females have two types of multiporous plate sensilla while the males have only one. Type 1 is found in females and males and has a relatively thin cuticular wall and many pores, while type 2 is found only in females and has a relatively thick cuticular wall and few pores. Both sexes have nonporous, thick-walled, socketed hairs; multiporous, nonsocketed hairs; multiporous, thick-walled pegs; and terminal hairs. In addition, males have multiporous, nonsocketed, long hairs. The sensilla are similar, in many respects, to the sensilla of other chalcid parasitoids. The antennal sensilla of female T. hagenowii are probably involved in ovipositional behavior. The multiporous, long hairs of the male possibly receive stimuli during mating behavior A chemoreceptive function is proposed for the multiporous plate sensilla.