A record of Aridelus rufotestaceus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitizing a native hemipteran host
The parasitoid, Aridelus rufotestaceus Tobias, 1986 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) was first found in New Zealand by Stephen Thorpe in Auckland in 2010. In Italy this wasp species was reared from field collected nymphs of the green vegetable bug, Nezara viridula (Linnaeus, 1758) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), and in captivity from adults as well as nymphs. In captivity adult female wasps were observed following nymphs before depositing an egg I first saw a female of this parasitoid when it was following an adult green vegetable bug, N. viridula in Dr Adah Plat-Mills Reserve, Maraetai, Auckland during April 2014. This observation indicates that they may parasitize adult Hemiptera in the wild. There is a photograph of a female parasitoid following a green vegetable bug nymph on Nature Watch.