Occurrence of Cephalonomia stephanoderis Betrem (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae) in coffee plantations of the Brazilian Amazonia

Moisés S. de Souza César A.D. Teixeira Celso O. Azevedo Valmir A. Costa José N.M. Costa About the authors

Adults of Cephalonomia stephanoderis Betrem were detected (in November 2003) during the sampling of Coffea canephora Pierre ex A. Froehner berries damaged by Hypothenemus hampei Ferrari (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in Ouro Preto D'Oeste - Rondônia, Brazil (10º45'S and 62º15'W). From January to July 2004, the parasitoid was monthly sampled in 200 berries damaged by H. hampei. Probably, C. stephanoderis can already exert some parasitism pressure at the coffee berry borer population. The occurrence of this parasitoid in natural conditions points out to another alternative for the biological control of the H. hampei in Rondônia. This is the first record of C. stephanoderis in coffee plantations of the Brazilian Amazonia.

Insect; parasitoid; coffee berry borer; natural parasitism

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