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Identification key, diversity and host associations of parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) of aphids attacking cereal crops in Egypt



In the present study, a total of eleven Aphidiinae parasitoid species belonging to six genera (Aphidius Nees, Binodoxys Mackauer, Diaeretiella Starý, Ephedrus Haliday, Lysiphlebus Foerster and Praon Haliday) were recorded from three aphid species [Rhopalosiphum maidis (Fitch), Rhopalosiphum padi (L.) and Sitobium avenae (F.)] feeding on four cereal plants (Avena sativa L., Hordeum vulgare L., Triticum aestivum L. and Zea mays L.) in Egypt. An illustrated key of the recorded aphidiines, the tritrophic (parasitoid-aphid-plant) associations and their distribution in the target area are also provided. Among the emerged parasitoids, Aphidius ervi Haliday is a new record for the fauna of Egypt. Aphidius transcaspicus Telenga and Binodoxys angelicae (Haliday) are reported for the first time to be associated with aphids infesting cereals in Egypt.



Hymenoptera, Aphidiinae, parasitoids, aphids, cereals, Egypt

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