• Biology ofAphanogmus fijiensis (Fernere) (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronidae) a hyperparasite ofDiaphania indica (Saunders) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) throughApanteles taragamae Viereck (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)

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      Aphanogmus fijiensis ; hyperparasite; biology

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      Studies were conducted on the hyperparasiteAphanogmus fijiensis (Fernere) (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronidae) to determine its biology throughApanteles taragamae Viereck (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).Aphanogmus fijiensis is a gregarious ectoparasite and developed on the prepupal and pupal stages of Apanteles taragamae present inside the host cocoon. Mean development time from egg to adult was 12–28 days at 26·43±2·53°C. There is no preoviposition period; the host is paralysed before oviposition, freshly formed to 3-day old cocoons are preferred for oviposition and mean longevity for both sexes was 4·86 days.

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      Clement Peter1 B V David1

      1. Department of Entomology, Fredrick Institute of Plant Protection and Toxicology, Padappai - 601 301, India
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