|Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR)
|Date Taken: 2016-05-11|
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|Date Submitted: 2016-05-26 7:21|
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|Cylindromyia brassicaria (Fabricius, 1775)|
Cylindromyia brassicaria is a tachinid parasitoid (6-7mm long)of Pentatomids. This species of tachinids is diurnal and feeds on the nectar of flowering plants as well as honeydew. Here it feeds on nectar of wild plant Chrysanthemum sagetum.
After mating, the fertilized females lay their eggs inside or even on the surface of larger adult stink bugs. The female achieves this by holding the host insect in a complicated clamp apparatus. The females have no ovipositors. The larvae hatch and then overwinter in their hosts. They leave in June of the following year by boring their way out through the outer skin of the host. In general, this infestation does not kill the stink bugs. The Cylindromyia brassicaria larvae then pupate.
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