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Temelucha minuta (Morley)

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

Tarytia  minuta Morley 1912. Holotype: in the Natural History Museum, London (NHMUK). Type locality


Madagascar, Reunion, Seychelles. Also Australia, Cyprus, India, Thailand.


Host: Grapholita critica (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), Etiella behrii (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), Bilobata subsecivella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) on peanut (Arachis hypogaea), Phthorimaea operculella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) on potato (Solanum tuberosum) (Gauld, 1980).


Temelucha minuta is easily recognizable due to its small size and the M+Cu vein of the fore wing basally spectral.

The coloration is known to be highly variable in this widespread species, which is a common parasitoid of P. operculella, the potato tuber moth (Gauld 1980). The darkest Malagasy specimens have extensive brown markings on the face so that the anterior half of genae and mesoscutum may be almost entirely black. Lighter specimens have yellow notauli and the mesopleura with a yellow longitudinal band (Rousse et al., 2011).


Gauld, I.D. 1980. Notes on an economically important species of Temelucha Forster (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) and a preliminary key to Australian species. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 70, 43–47.

Morley, C. 1913. The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma, Hymenoptera, Vol.3. Ichneumonidae. London, British Museum. 531pp.

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.

Rousse, P., Villemant, C. & Seyrig, A. 2011. Ichneumonid wasps from Madagascar. 5. Ichneumonidae Cremastinae. Zootaxa, 3118, 1-30.


Photographs by Agničle Touret-Alby © MNHN (specimens database http://coldb.mnhn.fr). Map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


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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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