Collections of <i>Microctonus aethiopoides</i> Loan (Hymenoptera Braconidae) from Ireland


  • M.R. McNeill
  • J.R. Proffitt
  • P.J. Gerard
  • S.L. Goldson



The biological control programme against Sitona lepidus (Gyllenhal) (Coleoptera Braconidae) commenced in 1998 with the first parasitised weevils imported into New Zealand quarantine in 2000 Extensive collections in Europe confirmed that the solitary endoparasitoid Microctonus aethiopoides Loan (Hymenoptera Braconidae) was the principal natural enemy of adult S lepidus With one exception all M aethiopoides reared from S lepidus collected in Europe have been arrhenotokous All M aethiopoides collected from Ireland are thelytokous which obviates the risk of hybridisation with an arrhenotokous Moroccan strain already established in New Zealand Levels of parasitism in S lepidus fieldcollected from Ireland were low (lt;8) and overall averaged 07 Rates of parasitism of S lepidus in New Zealand quarantine have averaged 25 but ranged from 0 to 95 Aspects relating to the rearing and management of Irish M aethiopoides are discussed including possible reasons for low rates of parasitism in quarantine




How to Cite

McNeill, M., Proffitt, J., Gerard, P. and Goldson, S. 2006. Collections of &lt;i&gt;Microctonus aethiopoides&lt;/i&gt; Loan (Hymenoptera Braconidae) from Ireland. New Zealand Plant Protection. 59, (Aug. 2006), 290–296. DOI: