Neochrysocharis formosa (Westwood) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), a newly recorded parasitoid of the tomato moth, tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), in Argentina

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Abstract

We report the first record of Neochrysocharis formosa (Westwood) parasitizing larvae of the tomato moth, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick), in tomato crops in Northern Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Tomato moth larvae were sampled during four consecutive growing cycles, between 2003 and 2005, in 10 sites. Neochrysocharis formosa was present only in organic outdoor and protected crops, and predominantly during the late season. Parasitism rates varied from 1.5% to 5%. The finding of this species is a new record for Argentina and South America, and T. absoluta is a new host record. © 2011 Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil.

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Luna, M. G., Wada, V. I., la Salle, J., & Sánchez, N. E. (2011). Neochrysocharis formosa (Westwood) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), a newly recorded parasitoid of the tomato moth, tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), in Argentina. Neotropical Entomology, 40(3), 412–414. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1519-566X2011000300019

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