Tachinid (Diptera: Tachinidae) parasitoids reared from lepidopterous and hymenopterous hosts in southern forests of Turkey [Türkiye'nin güneyindeki ormanlarda lepidopter ve hymenopter konukçulardan elde edilen tachinid (Diptera: Tachinidae) parazitoitler]
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This study was conducted to determine the tachinid (Diptera: Tachinidae) parasitoids of lepidopterous and hymenopterous hosts from forests of southern Turkey (Adana, Hatay, Karaman, Mersin, Niğde and Osmaniye) in 2002-2019. For this purpose, host larvae were collected from forests and herbaceous plant communities and brought to the laboratory with their food-plants. As a result of the study, six tachinid species were reared from nine hosts. Four new hosts for Turkey were recorded. These are Vanessa cardui (L., 1758) and Polygonia c-album (L., 1758) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) for Sturmia bella (Meigen, 1824) (Diptera: Tachinidae), Utetheisa pulchella (L., 1758) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) for Exorista segregata (Rondani, 1859) (Diptera: Tachinidae) and Thaumetopoea wilkinsoni Tams, 1924 (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) for Compsilura concinnata (Meigen, 1824) (Diptera: Tachinidae). In addition, two parasitoid-host couples were recorded for the second time in the world. These are U. pulchella for E. segregata and T. wilkinsoni for C. concinnata. © 2021 Entomological Society of Turkey. All rights reserved.