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‘kudzu bug eggs parasitized by Ooencyrtus nezarae and Paratelenomus saccharalis’

kudzu bug eggs parasitized by Ooencyrtus nezarae and Paratelenomus saccharalis

Parasitoid wasps Ooencyrtus nezarae and Paratelenomus saccharalis both lay their eggs in the eggs of other insects, including those of the invasive kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria). O. nezarae, discovered in North America for the first time in 2016 and reported this week in the Journal of Insect Science, emerges from a hole on the side of kudzu bug eggs (shown at left) whereas P. saccharalis emerges from a hole at the top of the egg (right). (Image originally published in Ademokoya et al 2018, Journal of Insect Science)

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