Philotrypesis caricae (Linnaeus, 1762)

Hymenoptera, Agaonidae

on Ficus

gall

Inquiline of Blastophaga psenes. With her long ovipositor the female deposits from the outside of the fig in florets that have been galled by Blastophaga. The inquiline larva feeds rapidly on gall tissue, and outcompetes the Bastophaga larva that perishes.

hostplants

Moraceae, narrowly monophagous

Ficus carica.

inquilines

Schistonchus caprifici

references

Mifsud, Falzon, Malumphy ao (2012a), Vovlas & Larizzza (1996a).

14/05/2017

mod 27.vi.2018