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1 November 2011 Review of the New World Genus Venanus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), with a New Key and Descriptions of Three New Reared Neotropical Species
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The New World microgastrine braconid wasp genus Venanus is reviewed, and a new illustrated key to species is provided. Three new species are described and illustrated: Venanus kusikuyllurae Rasmussen & Whitfield, n. sp., reared from the gelechiid pests of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willdenow), Eurysacca quinoae Povolný, and Eurysacca melanocampta (Meyrick) in Peru; Venanus greeneyi Whitfield & Arias-Penna n. sp., reared from pyralid caterpillars feeding on Phenax rugosus (Poir.) and Boehmeria spp. (both Urticaceae) in Ecuador; and Venanus yanayacuensis Arias-Penna & Whitfield, n. sp., reared from pyralid caterpillars feeding on several species of Asteraceae in Ecuador. In addition, the female of Venanus helavai Mason, previously known only from males, is diagnosed and illustrated, and we provide the first known host record for this species: pyralid caterpillars on Myrsine coriacea (Sw.) (Myrsinaceae).

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James B. Whitfield, Claus Rasmussen, and Diana C. Arias-Penna "Review of the New World Genus Venanus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), with a New Key and Descriptions of Three New Reared Neotropical Species," Annals of the Entomological Society of America 104(6), 1119-1127, (1 November 2011). https://doi.org/10.1603/AN10048
Received: 25 March 2010; Accepted: 1 May 2010; Published: 1 November 2011
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