||Grant Number: 2002-35316-12270
The braconid genus Cotesia (Microgasterinae) contains a number of species used throughout the world in the biological control of
pest caterpillars, as well as many non-manipulated, but important, species acting in their native
settings to help regulate populations of important pests. Members of this genus generally attack large
caterpillars, most commonly in temperate regions of the world. The web page contains an interactive key,
synonym finder, host record finder, and description and diagnoses for the economically important species of Cotesia worldwide.
Habitus images link to the individual species page in which images of the cocoon, forewing, hindleg, lateral metasoma, dorsal mesosoma, propodeum, and the first three metasomal terga can be found.
These diagnostic images may be compared with images from all of the other Cotesia species by clicking on the pertinent body region.
The Cotesia project is a collaborative project between Dr. Michael Sharkey at the University of Kentucky and Dr. James Whitfield at the University of Illinois and has been funded by the National Research Initiative of the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.
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