Eulophidae (parasitoids)

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Tetrastichus planipennisi (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Stephen Ausmus
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Eulophidae (parasitoids)

This is a large family of small chalcid wasps with more than 4,000 species and around 300 genera. The waps are parasitoids of small insects from various groups like scales, aphids and leaf miners. Some are hyperparasites and a few feed on plants. They are often metallic green in colour.

The family is characterized by its members having:

  • 4-segmented tarsi
  • a small straight spur on the foretibia (compared to the long and curved spur of other chalcids)
  • antennae with only 10 segments or less, with a basal portion (funicle) consisting of 2-4 segments.

This page deals only with parasitoids, for plant pests see:

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: