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Venturia canescens (Gravenhorst) 

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

Campoplex canescens Gravenhorst, 1829. Holotype: in Instytut Zoologiczny Uniwersytetu, Wroclaw. Type locality

Venturia canescens habitus


Worldwide. Widely distributed in Afrotropical Region.


Hosts: Twenty-three host records belonging to the families Pyralidae, Noctuidae, Tortricidae, Gelechiidae, Tineidae and Yponomeutidae, inlcuding Cadra cautella (Pyraloidea), Cadra figulilella (Pyraloidea), Ectomyelois ceratoniae (Pyraloidea), Ephestia elutella (Pyraloidea).


Species distinguishable in Reunion by the shape of petiole (generic characteristic): smooth, without glymma and with the sterno-tergal suture on the lateral side (Rousse & Villemant, 2012)


Gravenhorst, J.L.C. 1829. Ichneumonologia Europaea. Pars III. Vratislaviae. 1097 pp.

Rousse, P. & Villemant, C. 2012. Ichneumons in Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera) species, including 15 new taxa and a key to species. Zootaxa 3278: 1–57.


Photographs by Agničle Touret-Alby © MNHN (specimens database http://coldb.mnhn.fr).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2022. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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