Utetes itatiayensis (Costa Lima, 1937)
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Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
This species was 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).
Utetes itatiayensis is most readily identified by the sharp facial carina that extends between the bases of the antennae as an elevated ridge.
No referenced distribution records have been added to the database for this OTU.
Biology / Hosts
Reared from tephritids, possibly Tomoplagia (Costa Lima 1937).
Biology and Behavior