oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - On Philopsyche abdominalis Morley (Hym.: Ichneumonidae), a parasite of Acanthopsyche junodi Heylaerts (Lep.: Psychidae)



The main insect pest of commercially-grown wattles (Acacia mollissima Willd.) in South Africa is the leaf-eating larva of the wattle bagworm Acanthopsyche junodi Hey\. The original host plants of this insect were some of the many indigenous species of Acacia which, however, it has almost deserted in most areas in which wattles are grown, apparently preferring the wattle trees as food and environment. It is attacked, in its native haunts and in the plantations, by several species of hymenopterous and dipterous parasites, various predatory Arthropods, insectivorous birds, and rodents. It suffers also from fungus and virus diseases.


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