Flowering plant hosts of adult hymenopteran parasitoids of central illinois

J. F. Tooker, L. M. Hanks

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We tabulated flowering plant species visited by 151 species of parasitic Hymenoptera. These data were extracted from records of C. Robertson who collected >15,000 insect visitors of flowering plants in central Illinois during a 33-yr period. Species diversity of parasitoids was highest on plant species of the Apiaceae and Asteraceae. The most abundant parasitoids were 2 tiphiid and a scoliid species. Parasitoid species in 6 dominant families (Ichneumonidae, Braconidae, Chrysididae, Tiphiidae, Pteromalidae, and Eucoilidae) showed similar preferences for 10 plant species. Most parasitoid species visited a limited range of host plant, which may have implications for conservation biological control and conservation biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-588
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Insect Science


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