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Chalcid wasps

Chalcidoidea superfamily

The Chalcid wasp superfamily is a very large collection of related small wasps that include many beneficial parasitic wasps. Most important in this group are:

Parasitic WaspTarget Insect PestSearch Google
Aphytis melinusscale insects
Dacnusa sibiricaleaf miners
Diglyphus isaealeaf miners
Encarsia formosawhiteflies
Eretmocerus eremicusseveral whitefly species
Leptomastix dactylopiicitrus mealybug
Pediobius foveolatusMexican bean beetles
Trichogramma speciesmost butterfly and moth caterpillars

Chalcid wasps are very small, ranging from 1/4 millimetre (1/100th of an inch) to 7.5 mm (0.3 inch) in length. They require moisture, food, and shelter as described for other parasitic wasps. As with many other beneficial insects, they are very sensitive to insecticides, whether these are organic or not.

See Also

Gypsy moth
Organic insecticides
Parasitic wasps
Pediobius foveolatus

Related Topics

Encarsia formosa
Moth orchid
Parasitic wasps

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