Telenomus (genus - parasitoids)

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Telenomus nepytiae (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): BIO Photography Group, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
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Telenomus Haliday, 1833

This genus of wasps contains around 50 species of small egg-parasitoids. The hosts are Lepidoptera or Hemiptera. Important species attacking pest insects are, for example Telenomus podisi on Hemiptera in America or Telenomus busseolae parasitizing noctuids in Africa and Asia. Some species have been used in biological control programs.

The adults are typically 1-2 mm long and black or dark brown. The genus is characterized by the structure of the head and antennae, the pronotum and the forewings.


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