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Stenomesius japonicus: a new parasitoid of Tuta absoluta in Syria

The tomato leaf-miner, Tuta absoluta is a Neotropical pest of cultivated and wild plants with a high preference for Solanaceae,  especially tomato. This pest also attacks other cultivated plants including potato, eggplant, sweet pepper, tobacco, bean, and cape gooseberry. 

Stenomesius japonicus was collected for the first time from larvae of the tomato leaf-miner, Tuta absoluta  infesting Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. in Syria. Diagnostic morphological characters, biology and distribution of the newly recorded species are provided. Its role in the biological or integrated control of T. absoluta remains to be evaluated. A list of all eulophid wasps recorded from Syria is also provided.

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Youssef, Rawa & Abo Kaf, Nabil & abboud, Rafeek. (2022). Stenomesius japonicus (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae): a new parasitoid of Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Syria. 8. 219-227. 10.52547/jibs.8.2.219. 

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