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Selitrichodes neseri Kelly & La Salle

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Chalcidoidea; Family: Eulophidae; Subfamily: Tetrastichinae; Genus: Selitrichodes)

Selitrichodes neseri Kelly & La Salle, 2012.

Selitrichodes neseri female

Selitrichodes neseri male

FIGURES 3–8. Selitrichodes neseri female: 3, dosolateral habitus; 4, head in frontal view; 5, antenna in lateral view; 6, mesosoma in dorsal view; 7, wing in dorsal view; 8, metasoma in dorsal view. FIGURES 9–10. Selitrichodes neseri male: 9, dosolateral habitus; 10, antenna in lateral view (Photos © Janine Kelly, ARC).

Distribution Australia. Introduced to South Africa as a biocontrol agent of Leptocybe invasa (Tetrastichinae, Eulophidae).


Selitrichodes neseri inserting ovipositor into a Leptocybe invasa gall on Eucalyptus grandis x Eucalyptus camaldulensis (GC540) (Photo © Stefan Neser, ARC).


Selitrichodes neseri eggs on a pupa of Leptocybe invasa (more than one egg probably a cage artefact) (Photo © Stefan Neser, ARC).


Twig, petiole and leaf lamina galls as found at type locality on young plant of Eucalyptus sp. (Photo © Stefan Neser, ARC).



Biology Parasitoid of the eucalyptus gall wasp Leptocybe invasa (Tetrastichinae, Eulophidae) attacking both Lineage A and Lineage B; as well as Megastigmus zebrinus (Gevers et al. 2020).


Gevers, C.R., Dittrich-Schröder, G., Slippers, B. and Hurley, B.P. 2020. Interactions between hymenopteran species associated with gall-forming wasps: the Leptocybe invasa community as a case study. Agricultural and Forest Entomology https://doi.org/10.1111/afe.12413

Huang, Z., Li, J., Lu,W. & Yang, Z. 2018. Parasitoids of the Eucalyptus gall wasp Leptocybe spp.: a global review. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25: 29983–29995.

Kelly, J., La Salle, J., Harney, M., Dittrich-Schröder,& Hurley, B. 2012. Selitrichodes neseri n. sp., a new parasitoid of the eucalyptus gall wasp Leptocybe invasa Fisher & La Salle (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae: Tetrastichinae). Zootaxa 3333: 50-57.

La Salle, J., Arakelian, G., Garrison, R.W. & Gates, M.W. 2009. A new species of invasive gall wasp (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae: Tetrastichinae) on blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) in California. Zootaxa 2121, 35–43.

Mendel, Z., Protasov, A., Fisher, N. & La Salle, J. 2004. The taxonomy and natural history of Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) gen & sp. nov., an invasive gall inducer on Eucalyptus. Australian Journal of Entomology 43: 101–113.


Photographs © Janine Kelly (ARC) or © Stefan Neser (ARC).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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