Ooencyrtus telenomicida (parasitoid)

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Ooencyrtus telenomicida female - A) neotype, B) non-type C) mesosoma and metasoma of neotype after DNA extraction (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Serguei V. Triapitsyn
Source: Journal of Hymenoptera Research (2020), vol. 76, p. 80

Ooencyrtus telenomicida (parasitoid) (Vassiliev, 1904)

This wasp is found in southern and central parts of Europe, as well as in parts of Asia and northern Africa. It is mainly an egg parasitoid of Heteroptera from the families Pentatomidae and Scutelleridae. The hosts include important pest species like the southern green stink bug Nezara viridula or the invasive Halyomorpha halys. Studies are on-going on mass rearing and augmentative releases of O. telenomicida against these pests (e.g. see Roversi et al., 2018).

The body length is typically around 1 mm or less, with a dark brown to black colour and a bluish metallic reflection. The legs are yellow to light brown.