Diachasmimorpha dacusii (Cameron, 1906)
As noted by Wharton and Gilstrap (1983), this species is not distinguishable from Diachasmimorpha longicaudata on the basis of external morphology, but has been kept separate largely on the basis of an apparent preference for host tephritids breeding in cucurbits.
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Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
Biology / Hosts
Reared in the laboratory in Hawaii on the melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae and medfly, Ceratitis capitata. The limited published information on hosts uses the name Opius watersi for this species.
Introduced to Hawaii, where it was propagated, released and recovered, but apparently not established (Clausen et al. 1965).