First record of Aphaereta difficilis Nixon, 1939 from Italy with a key to the Italian species of the genus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Alysiinae)


  • Erminio Rolli None
  • Francisco Javier Peris-Felipo



Endoparasitoids, Galatone, Italy, key



The present article reports the first discovery of Aphaereta difficilis Nixon, 1939 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) in Italy. The specimens were captured on the external wall of a house on the outskirts of the city of Galatone (province of Lecce, South-Eastern Italy) at the end of October 2020. They formed an aggregation of about eight specimens, all females, and they were in the immediate vicinity of pieces of rotting meat, so it is plausible to assume that the specimens came out of some Diptera-Cyclorrapha chrysalis. These finds represent a significant contribution towards a better knowledge of the distribution of members of the genus Aphaereta in Italy. Moreover, a key to the Italian Aphaereta species is provided.


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Rolli, E., & Peris-Felipo, F. J. (2022). First record of Aphaereta difficilis Nixon, 1939 from Italy with a key to the Italian species of the genus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Alysiinae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 54(1), 159–162.



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