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New Wasp Species Found In 1930s Field Box
2013-03-19 04:49:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Dr. Simon van Noort, from Natural History Department, Iziko South African Museum, and Dr. Matthew L. Buffington from the Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA describes nine new species of extremely rare Mayrellinid wasps. Mayrellinids are under-represented in museum collections with most species being known from only a single specimen. There are two genera in the Mayrellinae subfamily, Kiefferiella and Paramblynotus. Only...

2010-09-28 18:37:19

A black, two-millimeter-long wasp from East Africa is helping wage war on one of its own kind"”the Erythrina gall wasp, an invasive species that's decimated Hawaii's endemic wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis) and introduced coral bean trees (Erythrina spp.). Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) officials "recruited" the beneficial wasp, Eurytoma erythrinae, and first released it in November 2008 after evaluating its host specificity as a biocontrol agent. U.S. Department of...

2006-03-07 07:31:36

HONOLULU (AP) - State officials are hoping to save Hawaii's native wiliwili tree with a bug found in eastern Africa. Mohsen Ramadan, a state exploratory entomologist, spent two months in Tanzania looking for a natural solution to fight the wiliwili-destroying Erythrina gall wasp and found a wasp of the Eurytoma species. The Eurytoma wasps feeds externally on gall wasp larvae and pupae. It attacks 95 percent of gall wasps in Tanzania. The gall wasp found its way to all of the main Hawaiian...