Trichogrammatidae (parasitoids)

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Trichogramma platneri female on egg of Trichoplusia ni (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Max E. Badgley (copyright holder)
Source: BugsInTheNews


This is a family of tiny egg parasitoids with nearly 1,000 species. The adults are minute, typically less than 1 mm. Many species are important biological control agents which parasitise the eggs of a large variety of insect pests, in particular Lepidoptera.

Apart from the small size, the family is characterized by their fringed wings and the 5-9 segmented antennae and the short pronotum.

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