Glyptapanteles liparidis (parasitoid)

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gypsy moth larva (Lymantria dispar) with attached cocoons of the parasitoid Glyptapanteles liparidis (click on image to enlarge it)
Authors: György Csóka (Forest Research Institute Hungary)
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Glyptapanteles liparidis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Stefan Schmidt
Source: BOLD Systems BOLD Systems

Glyptapanteles liparidis (parasitoid) (Bouché, 1834)

This wasp is a gregarious endoparasitoid of the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar). It is common in Europe and also found in Asia. Laboratory studies have been done in Canada, but the species has not been released there.

Females lay around 20-30 eggs into young to mid-stage gypsy moth larvae. Development of the host continues and parasitoid larvae are mature after 2-3 weeks. By that time, the parasitoids leave the host and spin cocoons on the outside. The host larva dies a few days later.

Apanteles liparidis
Protapanteles liparidis