Title

First Philippine record of the parasitoid, Comperiella sp. (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae): A potential biocontrol agent against Aspidiotus rigidus (Hemiptera: Diaspididae)

College

College of Science

Department/Unit

Biology

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Journal of Applied Entomology

Volume

139

Issue

3

First Page

237

Last Page

240

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Abstract

The encyrtid genus Comperiella Howard has so far not been reported in the Philippines, where there is currently an outbreak of the coconut scale insect Aspidiotus rigidus Reyne particularly in the southern parts of the island of Luzon and in some areas in Mindanao. Among Comperiella species, only C. unifasciata Ishii has been reported as a parasitoid of A. rigidus. We report not only new sightings of this parasitoid genus in the Philippines from surveys conducted in parts of the provinces of Laguna and Batangas, but also the discovery of a possibly new species that, like C. unifasciata, has been found to parasitize A. rigidus at a high rate. These findings have presented a potential of biological control against the coconut scale insect problem that has threatened the coconut industry in the country. © 2014 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

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Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1111/jen.12173

Disciplines

Biology

Keywords

Parasitic wasps; Biological pest control agents; Hemiptera—Biological control

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