What is the scientific name for a parasitic wasp?

What is the scientific name for a parasitic wasp?

scientific name: Meteorus autographae Muesebeck (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Braconidae)

What is an aphid wasp?

Aphid parasitoids are very tiny wasps, about 1/10 inch long. They are slender, black or brown, and have a pinched or “wasp waist”. They are typically found among aphid colonies. The adult female wasp lays her eggs in aphids. The larva hatches and develops inside the aphid, eventually killing it.

What is an aphid parasitoid?

Parasitoids are small insects that play an important role in the natural control of aphids. Parasitoids lay their eggs inside or outside of the body of another insect (host). Some species attack a limited number of aphid species and sometimes only a single species.

Is the wasp considered a parasite?

By far the greater number of wasps (over 500,000 species in the superfamily Chalcidoidea alone) are a special type of parasite. They are parasitoids which lay their eggs in or on the bodies of other insect species (usually the larvae such as caterpillars).

What family is a parasitic wasp in?

family Hymenoptera
Parasitic wasps belong to the family Hymenoptera, which includes friendly honeybees and those angry, stinging wasps. Size of parasitic wasps vary greatly. Larger species can be nearly an inch (2.5 cm.) in length, while species that develop within the egg of a host insect tend to be miniscule.

What do aphid wasps eat?

I knew about many of the predators of aphids like ladybugs and lacewings, but I learned yesterday that tiny native aphid-eating wasps eat a LOT of aphids. In addition to wasps that just eat the aphids, there are the parasitic wasps that lay their eggs inside the aphids.

Is aphid A parasite?

Like most plant parasites, aphids require intimate associations with their hosts to gain access to nutrients. Aphids have specialised mouthparts, stylets, which they use to probe different plant cell types, and to feed on plant sap in the plant vascular system.

What kind of relationship do ants and aphids have?

Ants and aphids have a symbiotic relationship. Both species of the insects benefit from being together on the stems of those wildflowers. The ants provide protection from any predators that might go after the aphids. The aphids, in return, provide food for the ants.

What kind of insect is a wasp?

wasp, any member of a group of insects in the order Hymenoptera, suborder Apocrita, some of which are stinging. Wasps are distinguished from the ants and bees of Apocrita by various behavioral and physical characteristics, particularly their possession of a slender, smooth body and legs with relatively few hairs.

What order do wasps belong to?

order Hymenoptera
The order Hymenoptera is divided into the suborders Symphyta (sawflies) and Apocrita (ants, bees, and wasps).

What kind of wasp is small and black?

The Lysiphlebus testaceipes adult is a tiny, less than 0.118 inch (3 mm), slender, dark greenish to black wasp. The female wasp lays an egg inside the aphid. The developing offspring feeds grows inside the aphid, killing it and causing it to transform into a brown mummy.

Where does the Aphidius colemani wasp come from?

Region: Aphidius Colemani are native to North America and Aphidius Ervi are native to Europe. Lifecycle: The Aphidius hunts for individual aphids throughout the crop. The parasitic wasp finds aphid colonies from a long distance by “alarm signals” produced by an infected plant. At shorter distance it smells the honeydew.

What kind of wasp lays an egg inside an aphid?

Common hosts: Cotton/melon aphid and many other aphid species in the genera Brachycaudus, Macrosiphum, and Myzus on many plants The Lysiphlebus testaceipes adult is a tiny, less than 0.118 inch (3 mm), slender, dark greenish to black wasp. The female wasp lays an egg inside the aphid.

What kind of insects are attacked by parasitic wasps?

Most insect groups (including aphids, beetles, caterpillars, flies, sawflies, scale insects and true bugs) are attacked by parasitic wasps. Many species are host specific, developing in one or a limited number of related host species.