Braconidae of the Middle East (Hymenoptera)

Braconidae of the Middle East (Hymenoptera)

Taxonomy, Distribution, Biology, and Biocontrol Benefits of Parasitoid Wasps

1st Edition - May 27, 2022

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  • Editors: Neveen Gadallah, Hassan Ghahari, Scott Shaw
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323960991

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Braconidae of the Middle East (Hymenoptera): Taxonomy, Distribution, Biology, and Biocontrol Benefits of Parasitoid Wasps provides the latest and most comprehensive knowledge of parasitoid wasp species. The highest concentration of these species is native to, or found in, the Middle East. This book covers the distribution of these species across the Palearctic region and their widespread global benefits as natural biocontrol agents. Each chapter covers a braconid subfamily, providing introductory information on its biology and phylogeny, total number of species, global distribution, and how they can be used to control pests and invasive insect species. In addition, this book discusses the importance of integrated pest management, specifically how Braconidae can be used for one-time or repeated introduction to natural enemies in suppressing pest populations. Finally, each chapter offers an illustrative key for readers to visualize and identify each species.

Key Features

  • Offers braconid taxonomy, biology, phylogeny and host-parasitoid relationships
  • Provides illustrated identification keys to visualize and identify each species
  • Includes global distribution of braconids in other regions
  • Discusses braconid benefits as natural biocontrol agents


Researching and practicing entomologists, specifically those interested in the role of insects as a form of biological control. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in entomology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to the Braconidae of the Middle East
    2. Agathidinae Haliday, 1833
    3. Alysiinae Leach, 1815
    4. Aphidiinae Haliday, 1833
    5. Brachistinae Foerster, 1863
    6. Braconinae Nees, 1811
    7. Cardiochilinae Ashmead, 1900
    8. Cenocoeliinae Szépligeti, 1901
    9. Charmontinae van Achterberg, 1979
    10. Cheloninae Foerster, 1863
    11. Dirrhopinae van Achterberg, 1984
    12. Doryctinae Foerster, 1863
    13. Euphorinae Foerster, 1863
    14. Exothecinae Foerster, 1863
    15. Gnamptodontinae Fischer, 1970
    16. Helconinae Foerster, 1863
    17. Homolobinae van Achterberg, 1979
    18. Hormiinae Foerster, 1863
    19. Ichneutinae Foerster, 1863
    20. Macrocentrinae Foerster, 1863
    21. Microgastrinae Foerster, 1862
    22. Microtypinae Szépligeti, 1908
    23. Miracinae Viereck, 1918
    24. Opiinae Blanchard, 1845
    25. Orgilinae Ashmead, 1900
    26. Pambolinae Marshall, 1885
    27. Proteropinae van Achterberg, 1976
    28. Rhysipolinae Belokobylskij, 1984
    29. Rhyssalinae Foerster, 1863
    30. Rogadinae Foerster, 1863
    31. Sigalphinae Haliday, 1833
    32. Diversity and host associations of Iranian Braconidae
    Appendix: List of Braconidae (Hymenoptera)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 612
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: May 27, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323960991

About the Editors

Neveen Gadallah

Dr. Neveen Samy Gadallah is a Professor of Entomology at Cairo University. She received her PhD from Cairo University. Her research expertise is in taxonomy and classification, insect morphology, and hymenopterous insects particularly.

Affiliations and Expertise

Entomology Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Egypt

Hassan Ghahari

Dr. Hassan Ghahari is an Associate Professor of Entomology and the Head of the Plant Protection Department at the Shahre Rey Branch of the Islamic Azad University. Previously he received his MSc in Entomology of the Isfahan University of Technology and then his PhD in Entomology from the Islamic Azad University. He has published extensively on hymenopterous insects, particularly Braconidae.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Entomology and Head of the Plant Protection department, Shahre Rey Branch of the Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Scott Shaw

Dr. Scott Shaw is a Professor of Entomology and Insect Museum Curator at the University of Wyoming. He received his PhD in Systematic Entomology from the University of Maryland College Park. His research expertise includes insect biology, insect biodiversity, classification morphology, evolution, and tropical ecology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming, USA

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