Wang, Z.H., Ge, J.Q., Zhang, H., Zhang, Z., Si, Y., Huang, J., & Polaszek, A. 2019 A new scale insect host family (Hemiptera: Asterolecaniidae) for Aphytis (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) in China. Journal of Natural History 53(15-16): 923-937


  • natural enemies
  • Notes: Aphytis wasps are among the most important natural enemies of scale insects, and armoured scale insects (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) have generally been considered as the only hosts of the genus Aphytis. Host records from non-diaspidids have been considered erroneous by most authors. A new scale insect host, Bambusaspis notabilis (Russell), however, belonging to Asterolecaniidae (Hemiptera), has been found as the host of a new Aphytis species.