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Back to Parasitoids Table of Contents. Aphidiid wasps attack only aphids. The conspicuous sign of aphidiid activity is the presence of aphid "mummies" - swollen, dead aphids that have been tanned and hardened to form a protective case for the developing wasp pupa.

However, the distinctive aphid mummies which remain on leaves after the parasitoid has killed the greenbug can easily be detected. The mummy consists of the outer skin of the greenbug which becomes modified into a tough protective shell after the developing wasp kills the greenbug by its internal feeding.

Greenbugs parasitized by L. The newly emerged wasp mates, and then begins to search for new aphids to attack. The female wasp inserts an egg into the greenbug and in about 2 days a tiny wasp grub hatches and feeds internally on the living aphid.

The wasp grub completes feedings in about days, resulting in the death of the aphid. Movement of the wasp grub inside the aphid expands the aphid, giving it a swollen appearance. The larva cuts a hole in the bottom of the aphid, attaches the aphid to a leaf with silk and a glue, and the dead greenbug changes color from green to a brown "mummy".

Then the wasp grub molts to the pupal stage, and after days a wasp emerges by cutting a circular hole in the top of the mummy. Wasps disperse by flying, or by being carried inside winged aphids which may undergo long migration flights. Wasp parasites contribute to greenbug suppression in two ways. There is direct mortality caused by the wasp parasitism, but, in addition, parasitized aphids have reduced reproductive rates.

Parasitized greenbugs stop reproducing within days, while healthy greenbugs give birth to live greenbugs a day for days. Thus, the activity of these wasps can greatly reduce the rate of greenbug increase.

Hyperparasite attack may reduce the effectiveness of L. Parasitoid activity in the field can be monitored by looking for greenbug mummies on crop leaves. Normally mummies appear days after wasps lay their eggs in the greenbug. Temperature is an important factor influencing the efficacy of wasps as biological controls of greenbugs. Thus wasps may not be effective in controlling greenbugs in wheat in the fall and spring due to cool weather. Pesticide use in wheat or grain sorghum may decrease activity of these parasitic wasps.

Insecticides applied as sprays will kill adult wasps as well as immature wasps developing inside greenbugs killed by insecticides. Research in Texas has shown the methyl parathion and chlorpyrifos are more toxic to adult wasps and to immature wasps inside greenbugs than systemic insecticides such as dimethoate or disulfoton, especially at lower rates.

However, the shorter residual activity of methyl parathion allows parasites to recolonize a field sooner after treatment. A fungicide triadimefon; Bayleton used to control leaf rust in wheat is also very toxic to adult wasps.

Available commercially see the off-site publication, Suppliers of Beneficial Organisms in North America , page of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation website. Wright, R. Knutson, A. Texas Agric. Service Publ. B, 8 pp. Lysiphlebus testaceipes adult emerging from aphid mummy.

Photo: J. Pages People more options. Appearance L. Habitat Crops Wheat and grain sorghum. Life Cycle L. Relative Effectiveness Wasp parasites contribute to greenbug suppression in two ways.

Pesticide Susceptibility Pesticide use in wheat or grain sorghum may decrease activity of these parasitic wasps. Taken from: Wright, R. Additional Reference: Hoffmann, M.


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Lysiphlebus testaceipes is the primary parasitoid of most cereal aphids that occur on the High Plains, including greenbugs, corn leaf aphids and bird cherry-oat aphids. It can also parasitize sugarcane aphids, provided they are not infected with Hamiltonella defensa , a secondary aphid endosymbiont that prevents eggs of these branoid parasitoids from hatching. Each female can parasitize several hundred aphids, although they only live days. Parasitized aphids become swollen and form mummies, from which adult wasps emerge a few days later. Female wasps use an ovipositor to lay eggs in a host aphid. Mummies will also display perfectly circular holes after adult wasp emergence.


Lysiphlebus testaceipes

Lysiphlebus testaceipes is a species of small braconid parasitoid wasp in the subfamily Aphidiinae. It is considered an invasive species in several European countries. Females have short ovipositors. Due to their size, adults may be difficult to observe in the wild. Aphid mummies produced by this parasitoid appear as rounded and swollen aphids beige or tan in color. It has since then moved north to the foothills of the Pyrenees and has been found in Serbia as of

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