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Microplitis Foerster is a highly diverse and cosmopolitan genus within Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Microplitis ceratomiae Riley, a widely distributed North American species, exclusively attacks sphingid caterpillars. In this paper, M. ceratomiae is reported parasitizing a caterpillar of Sphinx poecila Stephens (Sphingidae) which was collected feeding on Spiraea alba Du Roi (Rosaceae), a species of white meadowsweet native to the wet soils of the Allegheny Mountains and other portions of eastern North America. Here, we report and describe this new host-parasitoid-food plant association in southern New Hampshire, and include a distribution map for the species. A biological, ecological and phylogenetic analyses plus identification key for the nine known species of Microplitis that attack sphingids in the New World is provided.
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This page is a summary of: Review of the New World species of Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) attacking Sphingidae (Lepidoptera, Bombycoidea), Insect Systematics & Evolution, December 2021, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/1876312x-bja10026.
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