chalcid wasp

chalcid wasp
noun
any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects
Syn: ↑chalcid fly, ↑chalcidfly, ↑chalcid
Hyponyms: ↑chalcis fly
Member Holonyms: ↑Chalcididae, ↑family Chalcididae, ↑Chalcidae, ↑family Chalcidae

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noun

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