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Parasitic wasp

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Parasitic wasp

 
A parasitic wasp (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), laying eggs in a cotton bollworm. Photo by W.Sterling.

A parasitic wasp (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), laying eggs in a cotton bollworm. Photo by W.Sterling.

Adults of many species are very small (ranging from 1/100 to 3/4 inch long) and often go unnoticed. They vary in shape and color, but usually have long, thread-like (filiform) antennae or the antennae may appear elbowed.  The wings are clear or colored wings with characteristic venation and a narrow “waist” between the thorax and abdomen. Females of many species have a spine-like egg-laying structure (ovipositor) at the tip of the abdomen. Larval stages are usually not observed unless they are dissected from hosts (internal parasites) or detected on the host (external parasites). They are usually cream colored, legless and tapered at both ends. Occasionally, caterpillars are observed with white silken cocoons of parasites (Braconidae) attached to their bodies.

For more information, see A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects online or purchase the book through Amazon or other fine booksellers.

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