Ichneumonoids

Ichneumonoids are solitary insects, and the vast majority are parasitoids; the larvae feed on or in another insect until it finally dies. Most hosts are holometabolus insect larvae, but there are many exceptions. In general, ichneumonoids are host specific, and only attack one or a few closely related host species. Many species use polydnaviruses to suppress the immune systems of their host insects.

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Ichneumonoids

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2 Responses to Ichneumonoids

  1. Anne says:

    How interesting.

    Like

  2. Val says:

    I was trying to decide if an insect (several, in fact) I was seeing last week was one of these, but I think it was a cuckoo wasp.

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