Entomological Science

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Edited By: Masanori J. Toda

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 39/92 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1479-8298

Evolutionary Biology of Parasitoid Wasps, April 2010


Edited by John La Salle, CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, Australia

It is a great pleasure to introduce this virtual edition of Entomological Science on the biology of parasitoid wasps. This is truly an enigmatic and fascinating group at many levels. Parasitic Hymenoptera are one of the largest groups of organisms on the planet, and yet most people are unaware of their existence. They are a powerful force in natural and agricultural ecosystems, and play a keystone role in ecosystem maintenance by controlling population levels of numerous other insects. Yet what I find most captivating about them is the amazing variety of behaviours and biology.

Anyone with more than a passing interest in evolutionary biology must be intrigued by the parasitoid wasps. The range of strategies for capitalising on host biology and overcoming host defences, while at the same time protecting themselves from parasitism or predation by other insects, is nothing less than astounding.

The selection of papers presented in this special virtual edition have appeared in Entomological Science over the last several years and will present a wide range of this intricate biology as well as ample evidence of the critical value of parasitoid wasps in natural and agricultural ecosystems.

I hope that readers will enjoy this presentation of papers, and perhaps be moved to a desire for the study of these remarkable creatures.

Frugivorous birds dispersing braconid parasitoids via endozoochory
Ángel HERNÁNDEZ, José Vicente FALCÓ

Low level of cuticular hydrocarbons in a parasitoid of a solitary digger wasp and its potential for concealment
Johannes KROISS, Thomas SCHMITT, Erhard STROHM

Weak parasitoid-mediated apparent competition between two Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) leaf miner species on a deciduous oak Quercus dentata
Takashi NAKAMURA, Masahito T. KIMURA

Effects of parasitoids on a mycophagous drosophilid community in northern Japan and an evaluation of the disproportionate parasitism hypothesis
Hiroshi YOROZUYA

Oviposition behavior of Zatypota albicoxa (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae), an ectoparasitoid of Achaearanea tepidariorum (Araneae, Theridiidae)
Keizo TAKASUKA, Rikio MATSUMOTO, Nobuo OHBAYASHI

Suspending cocoons to evade ant predation in Meteorus pulchricornis , a braconid parasitoid of exposed-living lepidopteran larvae
Shunsuke SHIRAI, Kaoru MAETO

Role of chemical cues and natal rearing effect on host recognition by the parasitic wasp Melittobia digitata
Christian S. A. da SILVA TORRES, Robert W. MATTHEWS, John R. RUBERSON, W. Joe LEWIS

Behavioral responses of the parasitoid Psyllaephagus pistaciae (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) to host plant volatiles and honeydew
M. Reza MEHRNEJAD, Michael J. W. COPLAND

Life histories of two ichneumonid parasitoids of Cyclosa octotuberculata (Araneae): Reclinervellus tuberculatus (Uchida) and its new sympatric congener (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Pimplinae)
Rikio MATSUMOTO, Kazuhiko KONISHI

Bionomics and morphological and molecular characterization of Elasmus schmitti and Baryscapus elasmi (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea, Eulophidae), parasitoids associated with a paper wasp, Polistes dominulus (Vespoidea, Vespidae)
Alex GUMOVSKY, Lidiya RUSINA, Lesya FIRMAN

Effect of the pupal age of Calliphora erythrocephala (Diptera: Calliphoridae) on the reproductive biology of Melittobia acasta (Walker) (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eulophidae)
Nyiutaha G. IMANDEH

Offspring production and development in the parasitoid wasp Melittobia clavicornis (Cameron) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) from Japan
Jorge M. GONZÁLEZ, Jun ABE, Robert W. MATTHEWS

Flight orientation behavior of Ooencyrtus nezarae (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), an egg parasitoid of phytophagous bugs in soybean
Keiji TAKASU, Shun-Ichiro TAKANO, Nobuo MIZUTANI, Takashi WADA

Winter survival and oviposition before and after overwintering of a parasitoid wasp, Ooencyrtus nezarae Ishii (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae)
Takeshi TERAOKA, Hideharu NUMATA

Host range of Asobara japonica (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a larval parasitoid of drosophilid flies
Shinsuke IDEO, Masayoshi WATADA, Hideyuki MITSUI, Masahito T. KIMURA

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