New on Featured Creatures! An encyrtid parasitoid

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Anagyrus pseudococci (Fig. 1) is a well-known encyrtid parasitoid capable of developing on a variety of mealybug species (Planococcus spp. and Pseudococcus spp., Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Pseudococcidae). This wasp is used for biological control programs and is the most common commercial parasitoid reared for mealybug control (Triapitsyn et al. 2007, Mahfoudhi and Dhouibi 2009). It is a solitary, internal parasitoid and lays one egg per host, with the larva developing inside the host’s body.

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Figure 1. Female Anagyrus pseudococci and exit hole in a mealybug host. Photograph by Kent M. Daane, University of California.

Available at: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/BENEFICIAL/Anagyrus_pseudococci.htm

Authors: Theresa Chormanski, Miami Dade College; and Ronald D. Cave, University of Florida.