Effects of host species, stage and size on the sex ratio and clutch size of the parasitoid, Dibrachys boarmiae (Walker, 1863) (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)

Sarikaya A., Gulel A.

BULLETIN OF ENTOMOLOGICAL RESEARCH, vol.101, no.3, pp.325-331, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 101 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0007485310000532
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.325-331
  • Keywords: parasitoid, Dibrachys boarmiae, host species, host size, host stage, sex ratio, clutch size, COCCYGOMIMUS LUCTUOSA HYMENOPTERA, AGE, BIOLOGY, WASP, SUPERPARASITISM, LEPIDOPTERA, BRACONIDAE, NUMBER
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Effects of host species, stage and size on clutch size and sex ratio of the gregarious, idiobiont ectoparasitoid Dibrachys boarmiae were investigated at 25 +/- 2 degrees C and 70 +/- 5% relative humidity. The greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella, small wax moth, Achroia grisella, and early stage solitary larvae of the endoparasitoid, Apanteles galleriae, were used as hosts. Clutch size was greatest from prepupae of the largest host, Galleria mellonella, with a mean of 40.07 offspring per host versus 14.73 and 2.93 for Achroia grisella and Apanteles galleriae, respectively. The mean clutch size from pupae was lower than from prepupae, being 17.27, 10.73 and 2.89 for Galleria mellonella, Achroia grisella and Apanteles galleriae, respectively. Within each host species and stage, heavier hosts resulted in larger clutches. The sex ratio of offspring ( proportion of male) was approximately 0.20, with only minor differences among host species, stages and sizes.