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Parasitic wasps, also called parasitoids, are found in multiple families within the insect order Hymenoptera, which also contains the sawflies, bees, and wasps. Parasitic wasps range in size from fairly large and easily seen with the naked eye (2.5 cm or 1 inch) to minute insects that develop within the egg of another insect. All parasitic wasps live part of their lives developing internally or on the outside of their host.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 10, 2020