Latina

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There are four species in this genus which are Parasitoids of ants. The wasp lays eggs on the undersides of leaves near the nests of Ponerine ants. Within a few days the eggs hatch into planidial larvae that are mobile and can leap. They enter the ant colony, most likely being carried by, or riding on, the ants. Once inside, they seek out ant larvae as hosts. There the planidia attach to ant host larvae or prepupae where they feed. On completing their development they emerge, leaving the remains of the ant larva.

List of Latina and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution Notes
Latina bonariensis (Gemignani, 1947) ants Argentina
Latina guriana (Heraty, 2002) ants Venezuela
Latina rugosa (Torréns et al., 2007) ants Argentina
Latina vianai (Gemignani, 1947) ants Argentina

REFERENCES

  • A synopsis of the Brazilian Eucharitidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) fauna: an annotated checklist of the family in the country, with a revised key for the New World genera.
  • Heraty, J.M. A revision of the genera of Eucharitidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) of the World. JOURBOOK: Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute VOLUME: 68 PAGES: 367pp. (2002).
  • Heraty, J.M. A revision of the genus Isomerala (Hymenoptera: Eucharitidae). JOURBOOK: Acta Societatis Zoologicae Bohemoslovenicae VOLUME: 69(1-2) PAGES: 137-145. (2005).
  • Koçak, A.Ö.; Kemal, M. (2008). "Nomenclatural notes on the genus group names in the order Hymenoptera (Chalcidoidea)". Centre for Entomological Studies Ankara Miscellaneous Papers. 143: 3–7.