Discovery of a New Species of Telenomus (Hymenoptera

Scelionidae) Parasitic on Eggs of Bombyx mandarina and Bombyx mori (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) in Japan and Taiwan

Kazunori Matsuo, Yoshimi Hirose, Takeshi Yokoyama, Yumiko Nakajima, Yu Feng Hsu, Yutaka Banno

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We reared a Telenomus species from eggs of Bombyx mandarina (Moore) (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) and Bombyx mori (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) in Japan, and from eggs of B. mandarina in Taiwan. Morphological examination revealed that this Telenomus species is new to science. In this article, we describe it as Telenomus moricolus Matsuo et Hirose, sp. nov. Because B. mandarina is considered to be an ancestor of B. mori, a domestic insect, it is reasonable to assume that B. mandarina is an original host of T. moricolus. This is the second discovery of an egg parasitoid attacking wild and domesticated silkworms, following the first discovery of T. theophilae, a Chinese species. The significance of the discovery of T. moricolus is discussed in relation to examining the effects of host-insect domestication on egg parasitism.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of insect science (Online)
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2018

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Bombycidae
Telenomus
Scelionidae
Bombyx mori
Taiwan
Hymenoptera
Lepidoptera
Japan
new species
insects
silkworms
domestication
parasitism
ancestry
Bombyx mandarina

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