Aphid parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) and their tritrophic relationships in Kerman province, Southeastern Iran

Document Type : Research articles


Institute of Agricultural Research, University of Zabol


Aphid parasitoids (Braconidae: Aphidiinae) in several localities of Kerman province,
Southeastern Iran were studied between 2007 and 2008 and 20 species belonging to eight
genera were identified. Parasitoids were reared from 25 field-collected aphid species
occurring on 31 host plant species. In the present study, 83 parasitoid-aphid-plant
associations, their aphid hosts, and the respective host plants were determined. Nineteen
species (except Lysiphlebus fabarum (Marshall, 1896)) were new records for Kerman
province and two species (Praon flavinode (Haliday, 1833) and Praon unitum Mescheloff and
Rosen, 1988) were new records for Iran. An illustrated identification key to species is