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 Encyrtid wasp (Anagyrus kamali)




Encyrtid wasp | Anagyrus kamali photo
Encyrtid wasp

Photograph by Michael Gates. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

ENCYRTID WASP FACTS

Description
Anagyrus kamali is a small parasitoid wasp. Females have tan colored head and sides, and white tipped antennae. Males are usually darker and have hairs on the antennae. This wasp is a parasitoid wasp that attacks mealybugs. It has been used for biological control of the Pink Hibiscus Mealy Bug (Maconellicoccus hirsutus), a pest of hibiscus and other cultivated plants. It was first used for this purpose in the Caribbean.

Food
adult wasps feed on nectar or honey, larvae feed on mealybugs

Breeding
the female wasp deposits eggs in mealybugs, the larvae feed on the mealybugs after hatching

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Encyrtidae
Genus:Anagyrus
Species:kamali
Common Name:Encyrtid wasp