Natural Abundance and Host Plant Preference of the Larval Pupal Endoparasitoid Opius pallipes Wesmail (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) on the Serpentine Leafminer Liriomyza trifolii (Burgess) on Some Summer Host Plants

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A. R. Elkhouly
Elmabruk A. Al Hireereeq
ALajeeli B. ALfaqi
Husen A. Shafsha

Abstract

Natural abundance and host plant preference of the endoparasitoids O. pallipes was studied in Ojelat region. Four host plants were studied [tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) pepper  (Capsicum annuum) eggplant (Solanum melongena) and kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)] The parasitoids showed high  populations in April and May that kept the populations of the  serpentine leafminer L. trifolii at low densities till the end of the season on all studied host plants. O. pallipes  recorded two peaks of abundance on the four studied host plants recording  (19, and 24 individuals/ 50 infested leaflets) on tomatoes, (18, and 16 individuals/ 50 infested leaflets) on pepper, (26 and 20 individuals/ 50 infested leaflets) on eggplant and (32, 26 individuals/ 50 infested leaflets) on kidney bean during the season of the study. O. pallipes showed a relatively low preference towards kidney bean and eggplant compared with pepper and tomatoes.

Keywords:
O. pallipes, summer hosts, abundance

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Elkhouly, A. R., Hireereeq, E. A. A., ALfaqi, A. B., & Shafsha, H. A. (2018). Natural Abundance and Host Plant Preference of the Larval Pupal Endoparasitoid Opius pallipes Wesmail (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) on the Serpentine Leafminer Liriomyza trifolii (Burgess) on Some Summer Host Plants. Asian Journal of Agricultural and Horticultural Research, 1(4), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.9734/AJAHR/2018/42417
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