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Chalcid Wasp

Scientific Name
Brachymeria mnestor
Scientific Author
(Walker 1841)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Chalcididae: Chalcidinae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
High
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Female

Nerve longer on stigma; lateral carina on the scrobes of antenna; no carina on the postorbit or preorbit; presence of a border on the occiput above the foramen magnum; metatibia with only 1 apical spur; metafemur with 1 tubercule on the internal side near ventral margin; posterior tarsus is darkened at it's end; gaster without longitudinal carina at it's base; epipygium short; presence of golden hairs on the dorsal side of the head and thorax.

Male

The presence of hairs on the ventral side of the flagellum is very dense.

Larvae

First instar larva may be caudate or hymenopteriform, with or without spiracles, but with well-developed cuticular spines. Subsequent instars are more or less hymenopteriform, whitish in colour, with 3 thoracic and 10 abdominal segemnts. Mandibles fully formed, sclerotized, triangular in form, and with a short blade; maxillae and labium not projecting as seperate lobes; labial palpi not visable; silk press absent.

References

- Delvare, G. (1993). Chalcididae of economic importance on oil palm in tropical America (Hymenoptera). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, 97(4): 349-372.

- Evans, H.E. (1987). Order Hymenoptera. In: Stehr, F.W. (ed.), Immature Insects. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. Chapter 27, pp. 597-710.
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
19/10/2011 12:27 AEST
Last Updated
08/05/2014 02:27 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Chalcid Wasp (Brachymeria mnestor) Updated on 5/8/2014 2:27:25 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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