Eljlophid wasps

These small wasps vary from elongate to stout. The body is soft, and the antennae have fewer than ten segments. 'They may be yellow, brown, or black, sometimes with a metallic sheen.

• life Cycle The females of most species hunt for the larvae of leaf-miners and gall-formers in which to lay their eggs, but some attack the larvae or pupae of moths, beetles, flies, and bugs. Certain small species even use the eggs of insects as hosts, and a few are hyperparasitoids. The developing wasp larva consumes the host and pupates.

• OCCl IRRFNCE Worldwide. In a wide variety of habitats, wherever hosts are found.

• REMARK Eulophid wasps destroy various insect pests, and many are used for specific biological control programs.

LARVAE are often pale and grublike with small heads and stout bodies.

smooth, distinct black, shiny female has pointed

TETRAST1CUS GAIACTOI'I 'S is a hyperparasitoid. It attacks the larvae of the parasitic wasp Cotesia glomerulus, which itself is found inside the body of its own host - the Cabbage White Butterfly.

broad head with large eyes green pronotum

broad head with large eyes green pronotum

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No. of species j 400

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