Bracon celer Sz├ępligeti

Remarks
See additional information on the Braconidae and Bracon pages.
Description
As noted by Silvestri, who first reared it in South Africa (Silvestri 1914) and Eritraea (Silvestri 1914b), Bracon celer is a color-variable species.
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1. Bracon celer abdomen: dorsal...
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2. Bracon celer face: anteri...
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3. Bracon celer labrum: ventral...
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4. Bracon celer habitus: la...
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5. Bracon celer body: late...
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6. Bracon celer fore wing, left...
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7. Bracon celer hind wing...
 
Distribution
No referenced distribution records have been added to the database for this OTU.
Biology / Hosts
Until recently the olive fly, Bactrocera oleae (Rossi), was its only known host. It has also been reared from coffee-infesting medfly in Kenya (Wharton et al. 2000).
Biology and Behavior
Bracon celer parasitizes third instar larvae of Bactrocera oleae (Neuenschwander 1982). Additional work on the biology of this species was published by Sime et al. (2006).
Biological Control
Efforts have been made to introduce it from Africa (where it is native) to several countries in the Mediterranean Region.