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Any of numerous minute wasps of the superfamily Chalcidoidea, many of whose larvae are parasitoids of other insects.

[From New Latin Chalcis, type genus, from Greek khalkos, copper (from the wasp's metallic color).]


(ˈkælsɪd) or

chalcid fly

(Animals) any tiny hymenopterous insect of the family Chalcididae and related families, whose larvae are parasites of other insects
[C19: from New Latin Chalcis type genus, from Greek khalkos copper, referring to its metallic sheen]


(ˈkæl sɪd)
any of various tiny wasps of the family Chalcididae, many having larvae that are parasitic on pest insects.
Also called chal′cid fly`, chal′cid wasp`.
[1880–85; < New Latin Chalcid-, s. of Chalcis a genus < Greek chalk(ós) copper, brass]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chalcid - any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insectschalcid - any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects
hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
Chalcidae, Chalcididae, family Chalcidae, family Chalcididae - an arthropod family including: chalcidflies
chalcis fly - a variety of chalcid fly
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Mated Selitrichodes neseri Kelly & La Salle (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae: Tetrastichinae) females parasitize mature larvae and newly formed pupae in galls caused by the blue gum chalcid, Leptocybe invasa Fisher & La Salle (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae: Tetrastichinae), in eucalyptus plants, Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) (Kelly et al.
were from 17th February to 12th March, had one peak occurred from 23 rd February to 3rd March, with 26 sawflies cocoons were parasitized by this chalcid on 26th February
A classic example is that of the blue gum chalcid, Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), which causes galls and deformity of foliage and branches of eucalypts, Eucalyptus spp.
Distribution of the rose seed chalcid Megastigmus aculeatus var.
Tiny flowers are perfect for attracting delicate beneficials like chalcid wasps and hover flies, whose larvae devour aphids.
Resource use and clonal differences in attack rate by the Douglas-fir seed chalcid, Megastigmus spermotrophus Wachtl (Hymenoptera: Torymidae), in France.
Indian chalcid wasps (Hymenoptera) of the genus Dirhinus parasitic on synanthropic and other Diptera.