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Parasitic Wasps

Hymenoptera (Braconidae, Calcidoidea) (beneficial)

  • Adult: small to minute insects with elongate bodies usually light brown to black or metallic, and two pairs of usually transparent wings.
  • Egg: elongate, often laid through a needle-like ovipositor into or near insect host.
  • Larva: tiny and maggot-like, developing inside or feeding on their insect hosts.
  • Host: most insects including pests are host to one or more species of parasitic wasps.
  • See: Parasites of Leafminer: Opius as an example.