Bracon hebetor

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Bracon hebetor
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Braconidae
Genus: Bracon
Species: B. hebetor
Binomial name
Bracon hebetor
Say, 1836

Bracon hebetor is a minute Braconidae wasp that is an internal parasite to the caterpillar stage of Plodia interpunctella, the Indian meal moth, in the late larval stage of the Mediterranean flour moth and the almond moth.[1][2]

Use in biological control[edit]

The gut enzymes from the Bracon hebetor wasp quickly destroy the blood proteins in the moth larvae; thus it is an effective biocontrol agent.[3]

Life cycle[edit]

At 30 °C (86 °F), the life cycle of the wasp is about ten to thirteen days from initial parasitism to final emergence of the adult. The adult female parasite lives about 23 days during which it produces about 100 eggs. It deposits 1 to 8 eggs in individual paralyzed late instar moth larvae.


  1. ^ Biological Control of Insects Research by D. Stanley
  2. ^ USDA Agricultural Research Service ARS, "Bracon Hebetor Biological control agent for stored product pests", Ames Iowa. 1998.
  3. ^ "Biological Control of Stored-Product Pests" Midwest Biological Control News (University of Wisconsin)