Braconid Wasps




AdultPupal cocoons on the
tobacco hornworm
Adult

  Classification  

Order:   Hymenoptera

  Development  

Holometabola

  Ecological role  

Mostly parasitoids of lepidopterous larvae

Economic
  importance  

This parasite is an important factor in control of certain moth larvae.

Distinguishing
  characteristics  

Adults are small black wasps with dark wings and a brown or red abdomen; only females have a long ovipositor.




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Last Updated:   27 August 2003
John R. Meyer
Department of Entomology
NC State University