Dr. Ankita Gupta

Staff Image
Ankita New
Phone Number
080-2351-1982 Extn. 336
Professional Experience
12 years
M.Sc., Ph.D (Agricultural Entomology)
Parasitic Hymenoptera (Chalcidoidea & Ichneumonoidea)- Biodiversity, systematics, host-parasitic wasps association/interactions & molecular characterization
Visiting scientist at the Natural History Museum, London to study and digitize Indian parasitic wasp fauna during May- June, 2019.
Selected for and attended EDIT Modern Taxonomy Course Programme (2010-2011) “Basics of Taxonomy: Describing, Illustrating and Writing Biodiversity” held at The Sven Lovén Centre For Marine Sciences, Kristineberg, Sweden. The course is part of the training curriculum of the ‘Distributed European School of Taxonomy’ (DEST).
Nominated by ICAR to attend DST sponsored Workshop on “Biodiversity Conservation” 18th – 22nd February, 2013 at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.
Underwent Subject Training on Insect Bioinformatics (Under NAIP-NABG project) February 7th-17th, 2011 at NBAII, Bangalore. This training program focused on some major application of Genomics, Proteomics, Gene Expression in Insect Domain
Underwent Advanced Faculty training on “Biorational Insect pest management” at TNAU, Coimbatore from Feb-March, 2011.
Awards and Honours
Invited speaker at the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, Egham- United Kingdom in 2019
Received "Best oral presentation award" in the International Conference on Plant Protection in Horticulture (ICPPH-2019) organized by the Association for advancement of pest management in horticulture ecosystems at ICAR- Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Hesarghatta during 24th-29th July 2019.
Received "Best oral presentation award" in the 1st International Conference on Biological Control – approaches & applications, held on 27-29th September 2018 at Bengaluru, India.
Received "Best Poster Presentation Award" in III World Biodiversity Congress held at Mecavnik - Mokra Gora, Serbia, October 26-29, 2015.
Received Young Woman Scientist Award- 2019 for "Significant Contribution to Biosystematics and Taxonomy of Insects" in 2019 by Dr. B. Vasantharaj David Foundation in the National Conference on “Trends in higher education, taxonomy, agriculture, biotechnology & toxicology” held on 17th November, 2019 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Received "Dr. M. Swamiappan National Award" for "Outstanding Contribution to Biosystematics of Biocontrol Agents" from the Society for Biocontrol Advancement in 5th National Conference on Biological Control held on 9-11th February, 2017 at Bengaluru.
Received "Best poster presentation award" In 5th National conference on Biological control: Integrating Recent Advances in pest & disease management held at Bengaluru, 9-11th Feb, 2017.
Received "Best Poster Presentation Award" in National Conference on National Priorities in Plant Health Management, 4-5th February 2016, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh organised by Plant Protection Association of India, Hyderabad in association with Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad.
Received “Award of Excellence” in 2015 for the Scientific Category at ICAR- National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bangalore.
Attained "Prof. S. Ramanujam Memorial First Prize Award" in the All India Debate Contest in IARI, New Delhi in the year 1998.
Brief Achievements
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ankita_Gupta30
Prepared online taxonomic illustrated databases
"Indian fauna of Pteromalidae"- http://www.nbair.res.in/Pteromalidae/index.php
“Indian genera of Chalcididae” - http://www.nbair.res.in/Chalcididae/index.php
“Bee Fauna Of India part I” - http://www.nbair.res.in/BeeKB/index.php
“Bee Fauna Of India part I”- http://www.nbair.res.in/Bee_Ceratina/index.html
"Type specimens in ICAR- NBAIR collections"- http://www.nbair.res.in/Type_Specimens/index.php
"National Biodiversity Authority of India voucher specimen list"- http://www.nbair.res.in/NBA/index.html
Published Monograph
Ankita Gupta & José L. Fernández-Triana 2014. Diversity, host association, and cocoon variability of reared Indian Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Zootaxa 3800 (1): 001–101.Link
Zhen Liu, Jun-Hua He, Xue-Xin Chen, Ankita Gupta & M. G. Moghaddam. 2019.The ultor-group of the genus Dolichogenidea Viereck (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) from China with the descriptions of thirty-nine new species. Zootaxa 4710 (1): 001–134. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4710.1.1
Published International Catalogue
Pascal Rousse & Ankita Gupta 2013. Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local species, including 18 new taxa and a key to species. Zootaxa 3616 (6): 501–547.Link
Developed open access Web portal- "Indian fauna of Pteromalidae" and “Indian genera of Chalcididae” for identification of Indian species of Pteromalidae & Chalcididae with details on diagnosis, associated hosts and distribution.
Nearly 1000 species of parasitic hymenoptera collected, identified and added to the reference collections of NBAII, Bangalore. All the identified species databased in IARIDB- Database under Network Project on Insect Biosystematics
More than 500 new distribution and host records of various parasitic wasps along with 56 new species described and documented from different regions of India.
International: Recipient of EDIT-DEST Grant from "European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy"- to attend the course which is part of training curriculum of "Distributed European School of Taxonomy" in Sweden.
Recipient of International Travel grant (ITS) from the Department of Science and Technology.
Secured All India 4th Rank in Agricultural Research Services (ARS) Exam conducted by ASRB, New Delhi in 2009.
Secured first rank in All India Ph.D Entrance Examination of GBPUA&T University in the year 2002
Qualified All India Combined Examination (ICAR-JRF) for Post Graduate Programme and JRF in Agriculture and Allied subjects for the academic session 2000-2001.
Awarded merit scholarships during four years of B.Sc (Ag) degree.
Recipient of merit scholarship of GBPUA&T, Pantnagar during M.Sc (Ag) and ICAR Senior Research Fellowship during Ph.D degree
Recognized by National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad for aiding in Institution building activity during “89th Foundation Course for Agricultural Research Service” training in the year 2010.
Recognized as subject editor (taxonomy) for the Indian Journal of Entomology and member editorial board of Journal of Biological Control and Halteres.
Selected Publications
Ankita Gupta, C. Van Achterberg, C. R. Ballal, N. Maczey, D. Djeddour, S. G. Bhutia & S. K. Rajeshwari. 2019. Two new species of Rhogadopsis Brèthes (Braconidae: Opiinae) as solitary parasitoids of Merochlorops species complex (Diptera: Chloropidae) from India. Zootaxa 4550 (2): 268–276. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4550.2.7
Mohammad Hayat, Ankita Gupta & K.Selvaraj. 2018. A new species of Ooencyrtus Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), parasitoid on pupae of Xenasteia sp. (Diptera: Xenasteiidae) from Karnataka, India. Zootaxa 4521 (2): 258–264.
Ankita Gupta, H. M. Yeshwanth & P. M. Sureshan. 2018. A new species of Klabonosa Bouček (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) reared from eggs of Endochus sp. (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) from India. Zootaxa 4413 (3): 593–600. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4413.3.13
Ankita Gupta & Donald L. J. Quicke (2018) A new species of Acanthormius (Braconidae: Lysiterminae) reared as a gregarious parasitoid of psychid caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) from India. Zootaxa 4388 (3): 425–430 Link
Ankita Gupta (2018) A new species of Uniclypea Bouček, 1976 (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) parasitic on Apoderus tranquebaricus Fabricius (Coleoptera: Attelabidae) from India with notes on biology. 95:115–120. DOI 10.1007/s11230-017-9766-9 Systematic Parasitology 95:115–120. DOI 10.1007/s11230-017-9766-9
Ankita Gupta, S. K. Rajeshwari & Celso O. Azevedo (2017) Biology and description of Megaprosternum cleonarovorum sp. nov. (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae) a gregarious larval ectoparasitoid of Cleonaria bicolor Thomson (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from India.Zootaxa 4237 (1): 078–090 Link
Ankita Gupta, Venkatesan T., More R. P. (2016) Morphological and molecular characterization of reared parasitoid wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles Ashmead 1904 (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) associated with Lepidoptera in India. PLoS ONE 11 (3): e0150765. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150765
Ankita Gupta, Mark Shaw, Sophie Cardinal and Jose Fernandez-Triana (2016) A review of unusual species of Cotesia (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) with the first tergite narrowing at midlength. ZooKeys 580: 29–44. doi:10.3897/zookeys.580.8090
Ankita Gupta, P. M. Sureshan, A. Rameshkumar, V. Naveen and Sanjeev, U. (2015): On a collection of Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from North- East India with description of a new Halticoptera Spinola species, Oriental Insects, 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/00305316.2015.1101722.
Ankita Gupta, S. M. Gawas & R. Bhambure 2015. On the parasitoid complex of butterflies with descriptions of two new species of parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) from Goa, India Systematic Parasitology 92: 223–240.
Ankita Gupta & Jose´ L. Ferna´ndez-Triana 2015. Four new species of the genus Diolcogaster Ashmead, 1900 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) from South East Asia with a key to the Indian species. Systematic Parasitology 90, 3 285-300. 10.1007/s11230-014-9546-8
Ankita Gupta, P. M. Sureshan, A. Rameshkumar, V. Naveen & U. Sanjeev 2015. On a collection of Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from North- East India with description of a new Halticoptera Spinola species, Oriental Insects, 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/00305316.2015.1101722.
Ankita Gupta & C. V. Achterberg 2014. A new species of Phanerotoma Wesmael (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Cheloninae) from the Andaman Islands, India. Zootaxa 3856 (4): 595–600. Link
Ankita Gupta, P. V. Churi, A. Sengupta & S. Mhatre 2014. Lycaenidae parasitoids from peninsular India with description of four new species of microgastrine wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) along with new insights on host relationships. Zootaxa 3827 (4): 439–470. Link
Ankita Gupta, R. Khot & S. Chorge 2014. A new species of Parapanteles Ashmead, 1900 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) parasitic on Charaxes athamas (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in India. Systematic Parasitology 88:273–279.Link
List of published papers on Indian parasitic wasps (Chalcidoidea) available here
Ankita Gupta. 2013. Revision of the Indian Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), with description of one new species. Zootaxa 3620 (3): 429–452. Link
Pascal Rousse & Ankita Gupta 2013. Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local species, including 18 new taxa and a key to species. Zootaxa 3616 (6): 501–547. Link
Ankita Gupta. 2013. Three new species of reared parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) from India. Zootaxa 3701 (3): 365–380. Link
Ankita Gupta, Swapnil A. Lokhande & Abhay Soman.2013. Parasitoids of Hesperiidae from peninsular India with description of a new species of Dolichogenidea (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitic on caterpillar of Borbo cinnara (Wallace) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) Zootaxa 3701 (2): 277–290. Link
Ankita Gupta, Blaise Pereira and Paresh V. Churi. 2013. A new species of Parapanteles Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from India reared from Abisara echeria Stoll (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae) with key to the Indian Parapanteles species. Zootaxa 3709 (4): 363–370. Link
Ankita Gupta & Swapnil A. Lokhande 2013. A new host record and a new combination in Cotesia Cameron (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from India. Journal of threatened taxa. 5(2) 3678-3681. Link
Ankita Gupta & Kalesh, S. 2012. Reared parasitic wasps attacking hesperiids from Western Ghats (Kerala, India) with description of a new species of Dolichogenidea (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) as a larval parasitoid of Thoressa evershedi (Evans) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Zootaxa 3413: 29-43.Link
Ankita Gupta & Blaise Pereira. 2012. A new species of Glyptapanteles (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), a larval parasitoid of Elymnias hypermnestra (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), along with some new host records of parasitoids from Peninsular India. Zootaxa 3227: 54–63.
Ankita Gupta, Amalendu Ghosh, Nesil Liz Baby and S. K. Jalali. 2011. Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Apanteles mohandasiSumodan & Narendran (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), A Solitary Endoparasitoid of Pammene critica Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), with notes on biology from India. Entomological news 122(4):354-365.
Ankita Gupta and J. Poorani. 2008. Description of a new species of the genus Caenohomalopoda Tachikawa (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Encyrtidae) with a revised key to the world species. Zootaxa 1933: 59-62 (14 Nov. 2008). Link
Ankita Gupta and J. Poorani. 2008. New distribution and host records of Chalcidoidea (Insecta: Hymenoptera) from various parts of India. Checklist 4(4): 410–414. Link
Ankita Gupta and J. Poorani. 2008. A new species of Gonatocerus Nees from India. Biosystematica 2 (1) 59-62. Link
National Biodiversity Authority of India voucher specimen list-"http://www.nbair.res.in/NBA/index.html"