oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The biology and parasites of Odites artigena Meyr. (Lepidoptera: Xyloryctidae) on coffee in Kenya

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Odites artigena Meyr. is a minor pest of Coffea arabica in the East Rift area of Kenya. The larvae skeletonize and also eat out irregular holes from within their webs on the under surface of the leaves. The egg, larval, pupal and adult stages are descriptionbed. The complete lifecycle takes about 90 days at 23.5�C. The most important parasites are Microlycus sp. and Elasmus flaviceps Ferr. Two species of Pediobius are important hyperparasites attacking both Chalcidoid and Ichneumonoid members of the parasite complex.

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