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Species Calliephialtes grapholithae

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumonid Wasps)
Subfamily Pimplinae
Tribe Ephialtini
No Taxon (Dolichomitus genus-group)
Genus Calliephialtes
Species grapholithae (Calliephialtes grapholithae)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Calliephialtes grapholithae (Cresson, 1890)
Pimpla xanlholhorax Ashmead, 1890,
Orig. comb.: Pimpla grapholithae Cresson, 1890
Explanation of Names
Calliephialtes grapholithae (Cresson, 1890)
grapholithae = from Grapholitha, an invalid spelling and unjustified emendation of the genus Grapholita Treitschke, 1829 (among the species' known hosts)
Identification
A distinct and prominent species of Calliephialtes with a black head, mostly reddish-orange thorax, black propodeum, white legs with minor black markings, and black abdomen with slight white bands on the apical segments.(1)


Female (left) and male (right)
Range
eastern US (MA to FL, to MI, & TX)(2)
Season
early spring to late fall(1)
Food
Larvae are parasitoids of various caterpillar species, including: Pyralidae (Acrobasis betulella, A. juglandis, A. rubrifasciella), Sesiidae (Carmenta texana), Tortricidae (Grapholita molesta, Cydia caryana), Thyrididae (Meskea dyspteraria), Cosmopterigidae (Periploca ceanothiella), and Psychidae (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis).(1) One lepidopteran reported host of economic importance is Cydia caryana due to its affecting pecan production.(3)

Non-lepidopteran hosts include the plum snout beetle (Conotrachelus nenuphar) and plant-parasitizing bugs (Phylloxera sp.).(1)
Works Cited
1.Ichneumon-Flies of America North of Mexico: 2. Subfamilies Ephialtinae, Xoridinae, and Acaenitinae
Henry Townes and Marjorie Townes. 1960. Bulletin - United States National Museum, Vol. 216, Part 2, pp. 1–676.
2.Carlson R.W. () Ichneumonidae catalog
3.Association between the parasitoid Calliephialtes grapholithae Cresson and larvae of Cydia caryana Fitch
Néstor Bautista-Martínez, Carlos Patricio Illescas Riquelme, Antonio Ramos-Martínez, and Enrique Ruíz-Cancino. 2018. Acta Zoológica Mexicana (nueva serie), vol. 34, no. 1.