Parasitoids of Nyctemera annulata (Boisduval) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae)
The endemic erebid moth Nyctemera annulata is a common foliage feeder on many native and exotic Senecio (Compositae) and related species in New Zealand, and plays host to a suite of known larval and pupal parasitoids. In 2010 and 2012 we made a number of collections of N. annulata from two modified habitats, exotic plantation forest and pasture, and reared three parasitoid species from these collections. Two of these parasitoid species, Diolcogaster perniciosus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Echthromorpha intricatoria (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), have previously been recorded from this host. The third parasitoid species, Meteorus pulchricornis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), has not previously been recorded from Nyctemera annulata and is therefore a new host record for New Zealand.