Rehmat, T., Anis, S.B., Khan, M.T, Fatma, J., & Begum, S. 2011 Aphelinid parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) of armoured scale insects (Homoptera: Diaspididae) from India. Biology and Medicine 3(2): 270-281

Notes: The members of the family Diaspididae are among the most important pests in agriculture and considered as a promising target for biological control programmes. These insects may attack any part of plant by sucking sap, injecting toxic saliva, due to which the tress show heavy damage resulting in collapse. However, these insects are usually parasitized by the members of the families like Aphelinidae, Encyrtidae and Signorphoridae. Amont these families of parasitic hymenoptera, the members of the family Aphelinidae appear to be a dominant factor bring about partila to complete control of these insects. The tasomonic study of these parasitoids is esstial to provide correct identification without which successful control measures cannot be achieved. Present work is a preliminary step to providing knowledge of Indian Aphlelinie genera which acts as an effecient biocontrol agent against above mentioned pests species and found to be helful in biological control programmes.