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Charops spinitarsis Cameron 

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea; Family: Ichneumonidae; Subfamily: Campopleginae; Genus: Charops)

Charops spinitarsis Cameron, 1905. Holotype in Natural History Museum, London (NHMUK). Type locality: Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Holotype in NHMUK, London.

Charops_spinitarsis

Charops_spinitarsis

Charops_spinitarsis

Charops_spinitarsis

Charops_spinitarsis

Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


Female in SANC, Pretoria

Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


Three specimens (a female and two males) and their cocoons, all with same data labels in SANC, Pretoria.

Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


Photograph Hermann Staude

Photograph Hermann Staude

Photograph Sharon Louw (Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife)

Photograph Sharon Louw (Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife)

Photograph Sharon Louw (Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife)

Photograph Sharon Louw (Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife)

Photograph Sharon Louw (Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife)

Photograph Reinier Terblanche

Charops spinitarsis female attacking early instar caterpillars of Zerenopsis lepida feeding on Stangeria eriopus in Entumeni Nature Reserve (Kwazulu-Natal). Photographs Reinier Terblanche, or Hermann Staude, or Sharon Louw.


Distribution

Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania.

Biology

Lepidoptera host species: Aloa moloneyi (Druce) (Arctiidae) (Risbec, 1960); Zerenopsis lepida (Walker, 1854) (Geometridae: Ennominae: Diptychini) (Armstrong et al 2020).

References

Armstrong AJ, Louw SL, Staude HS, Terblanche RF, Edge DA, van Noort S. 2020. Observations on parasitoid interaction with Zerenopsis lepida (Walker, 1854) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae: Diptychini) at Entumeni Nature Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Metamorphosis 31: 4952.

Cameron, P. 1905. On some new genera and species of Hymenoptera from Cape Colony and Transvaal. Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 15: 195-257.

Risbec, J. 1960. Les parasites des insectes d'importance en Afrique tropicale et Madagascar. Agronomie Tropicale 15: 624656.

Yu, D.S., van Achterberg, K. & Horstmann, K. 2012. World Ichneumonoidea 2011. Taxonomy, Biology, Morphology and Distribution. CD/DVD. Taxapad, Vancouver, Canada.

Credits

Photographs of pinned specimens and map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Photographs of living specimens Hermann Staude, or Sharon Louw ((Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife)

 

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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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