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European corn borer--Biological control; Insects--Parasites


Four parasitic insect species were tested in laboratory experimentation for adaptability to the European corn borer (ECB). Apanreles sesamiae, Apanteles flavipes and Chelonus knabi did not adapt to the ECB, Lixophaga diatraeae was able to survive on ECB. Three other species. Macrocentrus grandii, Eriborus terebrans and Lydella rhompsoni, all known parasites of ECB, were obtained and reared in the laboratory on ECB for propagation, release and ecological studies. Methodology for experimentation and propagation of parasites was described.

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