Parasitoids of the Wild Silk Moths (Saturniidae)
by Kirby L. Wolfe
Electra Braconid Wasp (Cotesia electrae) Viereck 1912 (Apanteles).
Parasitoid: What is a parasitoid? The letters “oid” mean “like” and so it’s an organism like a parasite.
It’s actually somewhere between a parasite and a predator. It kills its host like a predator, but it lives in
its host first, like a parasite. Most parasitoids are small wasps, but some kinds of flies and even slender
hairworms can be parasitoids of saturniid moths.
Below are links to representatives from three
different parasitoid families.
Cotesia electrae; the Electra Braconid
Eupelmids: Anastatus; tiny species; parasitoids of insect
Belvosia nigrifrons; Tachinidae fly species
Reference: Richard S. Peigler. Catalog of Parasitoids of Saturniidae of the World.
Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 33:1-121, 1994.
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