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 Citrus blackfly parasitoid (Amitus hesperidum)

Citrus blackfly parasitoid | Amitus hesperidum photo
Adult citrus blackfly parasitoid with eggs, nymphs and pupae of citrus blackfly (Aleurocanthus woglumi).
Photograph by Florida Division of Plant Industry Archive, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)








CITRUS BLACKFLY PARASITOID FACTS
Description
Citrus blackfly parasitoid is a tiny parasitic wasp. It is not native to the United States but has been introduced to control Citrus Blackfly which is a serious pest of citrus fruit trees. It is a glossy black wasp with translucent wings, and is less than one millimetre in length. The antennae have ten segments, and both the antennae and legs are a pale color. The adult wasps only live for a few days.

Size
1mm

Breeding
lays eggs inside citrus blackfly larva which hatch and feed on the host

Range
This was is originally from Asia and has been introduced to the United States, Mexico and other countries.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Platygastridae
Genus:Amitus
Species:hesperidum
Common Name:Citrus blackfly parasitoid








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