First record of subfamily Diapriinae (Diaprioidea: Diapriidae) from Odisha, with generic level distribution in rice ecosystems
Keywords:Diapriinae, Diptera, Odisha, Parasitoids, Rice Field
The present work investigates the distribution of diapriids in the rice fields of Odisha. About 750 diapriid specimens were collected across 10 rice fields falling under the 10 agroclimatic zones through various surveys conducted from 2018-2021. The study documented nine out of the 14 genera of the subfamily Diapriinae found in India, viz. Aneuropria Kieffer, Basalys Westwood, Calogalesus Kieffer, Coptera Say, Entomacis Foerster, Monelata Foerster, Odontopria Kieffer, Spilomicrus Westwood, and Trichopria Ashmead. The distributional status of diapriids across the agroclimatic zones is presented through GIS mapping. Comments on their abundance and morphological specializations are also mentioned. Diapriids are documented for the first time in Odisha. The present findings indicate that they are abundant and widespread in the rice ecosystems of Odisha.