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chal·cid

 (kăl′sĭd)
n.
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).]

chalcid

(ˈkælsɪd) or

chalcid fly

n
(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]

chal•cid

(ˈkæl sɪd)
n.
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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The blue gum chalcid, Leptocybe invasa Fisher & La Salle (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) is a gall wasp and important pest of Eucalyptus spp.
Classification of the chalcid flies of the superfamily Chalcidoidea, with descriptions of new species in the Carnegie Museum, collected in South America by Herbert H.
Also, multilocular galls seem to be a response to the pressure of natural enemies, especially chalcid wasps [27].
huizeensis parasitized by this chalcid. The parasitism rates of Trichomalus sp.
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.
Some of the thousands of different species of these wasps, one to two millimeters in length, found around orchards include: Braconid wasps (family Braconidae); Ichneumonid wasps (family Ichneumonidae); Chalcidoid wasps (family Chalcidoidea); Chalcid wasps (family Chalcididae); Eulophid wasps (family Eulophidae); Trichogramma wasps (family Trichogrammatidae); Mymarid wasps (family Mymaridae).
Chalcid., Torymidae), a destroyer of the seeds of the dog rose (Rosa canina).