New Distribution and Host Record for the Parasitoid Eumicrosoma Benefica

James A. Reinert


This is the first report of Eumicrosoma benefica Gahan in Florida and its parasitism of eggs of the southern chinch bug, Blissus insularis Barber. An average population of 34.5 wasps was associated with an average population of 90.1 chinch bugs per ft of St. Augustinegrass. The wasp sex ratio was 42.81% female.

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