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Species Balcha indica

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps)
Family Eupelmidae
Subfamily Calosotinae
Genus Balcha
Species indica (Balcha indica)
Explanation of Names
Balcha indica (Mani & Kaul 1973)
native to S./SE. Asia, accidentally introduced in the US (MI, MD-VA)(1) Found in Virginia in 1994.
Life Cycle
Parthenogenetic reproduction has been reported. They may need more than three months to complete a generation.
Its possible use as biocontrol of the emerald ash borer is being studied.
"Although males are known from the Old World only females have been recovered in North America, indicating a parthenogenetic form was introduced." Comment here (Gary Gibson)
Print References
Gibson G.A.P. (2005) The world species of Balcha Walker (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eupelmidae), parasitoids of wood-boring beetles. Zootaxa 1033: 1-62 (Full text)
Internet References
J. Insect Science. Jian J. Duan, Philip B. Taylor, and Roger W. Fuester. Biology and Life History of Balcha indica, an Ectoparasitoid Attacking the Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis, in North America. Full article.