0 Mark M Ero Edward Hamacek Anthony R Clarke 2011 Foraging behaviours of Diachasmimorpha kraussii (Fullaway) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and its host Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt) (Diptera: Tephritidae) in a nectarine (Prunus persica (L.) Batsch var. nectarina (Aiton) Maxim) orchard Australian Journal of Entomology 50 3 234-240 <p><em>Diachasmimorpha kraussii </em>is a larval parasitoid of dacine fruit flies. Host utilisation behaviour, including field foraging behaviour, is poorly known in this species. The diurnal foraging behaviour of <em>D. kraussii </em>and one of its common hosts, <em>Bactrocera tryoni</em>, in a nectarine orchard was concurrently recorded. Observations of mating, resting, feeding and oviposition were taken two-hourly on 42 trees, commencing at 07:00 h and terminating at 17:30 h, for 17 days. Resting and oviposition were common events within the orchard for both species, while mating behaviours were not recorded in the orchard for either species. Feeding was not observed for <em>D. kraussii </em>and was rare for <em>B. tryoni</em>. At the level of the individual tree there was a very weak, but significant correlation between parasitoid and fly abundance over a day, but when broken down to the individual observation periods the correlations were absent, or were weakly significant in an inconsistent manner (i.e. sometimes positively correlated, sometimes negatively correlated). At the orchard level, abundance of the parasitoid was not correlated with adult fly abundance. Results suggest that <em>D. kraussii </em>forage independently to adult <em>B. tryoni</em>, a result consistent with a prediction that their foraging is largely driven by larval or plant damage cues.</p>