Nematomorphs & Lepidoptera

Christopher B. Boyko cboyko at AMNH.ORG
Mon Jun 9 14:59:28 CDT 1997


Dear Taxacomers,

        Recently, a lepidopterist friend showed me a vial of noctuid
caterpillars (collected off cane plants in Tennessee) which were each
infested with horsehair worms (Nematomorpha).  Both I and he believed these
worms to be mostly orthopteran parasites, and were surprised to see them in
these hosts.  Does anyone know of a researcher working on nematomorphs who
might be able to shed some light on their identity and host association?
Thanks very much.

Chris Boyko

Christopher B. Boyko
Department of Invertebrates
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th St.
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5720
Fax: (212) 769-5783




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