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Parasites of Leafminers

Opius (beneficial)

  • Adult: small black braconid wasps
  • Egg: laid in leafminer larva.
  • Larva: develops in leafminer larva but does not complete development until pupation of host.
  • Pupa: in leafminer host puparium.
  • Generation Time: 11-21 days
  • Hosts: Leafminer larvae

Picture of Opius

Opius parasitic wasp which attacks leafminers
Image # 45. Opius
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the most abundant braconid parasite attacking leafminers completes it development in the leafminer puparia.