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Eficiency of parasitization on larval host, Spodoptera litura (F.), by an endoparasitoid Snellenius (=Microplitis)
manilae Ashmead in the laboratory. The armyworm, Spodoptera litura (F.) is the host of an endoparasitoid Snellenius
manilae Ashmead. This research described the effect of host larval stage preference, the number of host exposure and the
age of parasitoid on the resulting parasitization. Each group of the first to the fifth of host instar (30 larvae) was exposed for
3 hours to a pair of four-day old parasitoids in a trial cage. The same exposures were conducted without choices by placing
each instar group within each trial cage. The parasitoid survival was observed by maintaining the parasitized larvae until
adult emergence. Each group of 10, 20, 30 and 40 of the second instar larvae were exposed for 12 hours/day to a mated
female parasitoid. This experiment was conducted from the first day old parasitoid until the females died. The percentage
of parasitization, superparasitization, oviposition and the fecundity of adults were recorded. Each group of thirty second
instar larvae was exposed separately to a mated female parasitoid of 1 to 9 days old. The survival of progeny was recorded.
All treatments in this observation were repeated 10 times. S. manilae preferred to lay eggs on the third (41.7%) followed by
the second (22.3%) instar larvae of S. litura. The lowest percentages of superparasitization obtained from the first and the
second instar larvae were between 11 and 15% and the highest percentage of superparasitization obtained from the fourth
instar larvae was 52%. The highest survival of parasitoid was found on the exposure of the second instar larvae which
reached 16%. The highest efficiency of parasitism (80.9%) was found on the twenty of the second instar larval exposure
density which produced 59% of optimal parasitization level, the average rate of egg laid by females was 25 eggs/day, and
the fecundity was 185 eggs/female. Female parasitoids of 1-7 days old gave the same opportunity to produce progeny
survival which was in the range of 10.3-25.7%.


oviposition-preference, host-suitability, efficiency, Snellenius manilae, Spodoptera litura.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23960/j.hptt.188-16


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