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Superparasitism and Host Discrimination By Asobara Tabida Nees )Braconidae: Alysiinae), a Larval Parasitoid of Drosophilidae

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This paper presents the results of a study of superparasitism and host discrimination by Asobara tabida Nees. We found that: (1) A. tabida females are able to distinguish unparasitized hosts from those previously parasitized by themselves or by a conspecific; (2) There is no evidence that A. tabida females are able to distinguish hosts in which they laid an egg themselves from hosts parasitized by conspecifics; (3) A. tabida females, unlike those of Leptopilina heterotoma cannot discriminate between hosts with different numbers of eggs; (4) Superparasitism may occur because: (a) inexperienced females of A. tabida may initially lay two eggs during one oviposition. (b) a female A. tabida may re-attack a host after oviposition within the period needed for building up the factor which causes avoidance of superparasitism. (c) the restraint to oviposit in parasitized hosts breaks down when a female A. tabida only meets parasitized hosts and does not lay eggs during a period of at least 8 hours. (d) females that have never oviposited in unparasitized hosts do not refrain from oviposition in parasitized hosts. We discuss whether superparasitism by insect parasitoids can be adaptive under particular circumstances.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Ecology, Zoological Laboratory, University of Leiden; The Netherlands


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