Encarsia (genus - parasitoids)

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Encarsia formosa (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): David Cappaert, Michigan State University
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Encarsia Förster, 1878

The genus contains more than 400 species of wasps which are mainly solitary endoparasitoids of whiteflies or armoured scale insects. Species important for the biological control of insect pests are for example Encarsia formosa parasitizing whiteflies or Encarsia citrina parasitizing scale insects.

The adult wasps are tiny, typically less than 2 mm long. The females usually develop as primary parasitoids while the males develop as hyperparasitoids in the same or in other parasitoid species.

Encarsiella spp.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: