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  • Braconid Wasp - (Atanycolus spp.)

    Braconid Wasp - (Atanycolus spp.)

    The minute Braconid Wasp is adept at laying eggs inside larvae much larger than themselves.

    Staff Writer (9/25/2017): Braconid Wasps are parasitic to many types of Wood-Boring Beetle larvae as well as caterpillars. Wasp females lay fertilized eggs inside of beetle larvae that are feeding inside tree trunks. Her long, needle-like ovipositor looks like a mutant stinger, but it is not. This syringe allows the female to poke deep into holes already made in tree trunks. At the end of these holes are usually beetle grubs. The long ovipositor places a wasp egg on, or inside, the grub and the newly hatched wasp larva will eat the beetle from the inside out.

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    Braconid Wasp

    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Braconid Wasp
    Scientific Name: Atanycolus spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Braconidae
           Genus: Atanycolus
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 4mm to 7mm (0.16in to 0.28in)

    Identifying Colors: black, red

    Additional Descriptors: tiny, small, stinging, flying, needle, stinger, ovipositor

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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