Utetes scrutator (Tobias, 1977)
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Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
This species was originally described as Opius scrutator by Tobias (1977). It was later formally transferred from Opius to Utetes by Wharton (1997). Utetes had been recognized as a subgenus of Opius by Fischer (1972), and later elevated to generic rank by Wharton (1988). However, most of the species that attack Tephritidae were not formally transferred to Utetes until 1997, after Utetes had been redefined (Wharton 1997).
Biology / Hosts
The original description was based on specimens reared from Rhagoletis sp. and Carpomya schineri (Tobias 1977).