Cotesia marginiventris (Cresson)

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Cotesia marginventris is a generalist larval parasitoid of the Noctuidae, including such pests as the fall armyworm, beet armyworm, corn earworm, and tobacco budworm. The host searching behavior of C. marginiventris has been extensively studied and characterized (e.g. Cardoza et al., 2003; Cortesero et al., 1997; Bauer et al., 1996; Dmoch et al., 1985). C. marginiventris has received considerable attention as a parasitoid able to exploit herbivore induced plant volatiles to find hosts (e.g. Alborn et al., 1997; Hoballah et al., 2002; Turlings and Tumlinson, 1992; Turlings et al., 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995). A recent molecular phylogeny by Michel-Salzat and Whitfield (2004) placed C. marginiventris in the rubecula group in a subgroup with C. euchaetis and C. obscuricornis.



Microgaster marginiventris Cresson, 1865. Ent. Soc. Phila., Proc. 4: 67.
Apanteles grenadensis Ashmead, 1900. Roy. Ent. Soc. London, Trans. 1900: 278.
Apanteles laphygmae Ashmead, 1901. In Chittenden, U.S. Dept. Agr., Bur. Ent.,Bul. 29, p.36. Nomen nudum.
Apanteles (Protapanteles) harnedi Viereck, 1912. U.S. Natl. Mus., Proc. 43: 580.
Cotesia marginiventris Mason 1981 Mem. Ent. Soc. Can. 115: 110.

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