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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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A variety of insects have been recorded from Ephedra spp., including dipterans, as well as hymenopterans such as vespids, braconids and chalcids, but not bees (reviewed in Bino et al., 1984).
Teratocytes or teratocyte-like cells have been documented in developmental studies of four hymenopteran families: Braconidae, Ichneumonidae, and Platygastridae [7, 8] and have been reported in a single species of chalcids [9].
The colonisation of Krakatau by fig wasps and other chalcids. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 322: 459-470.
Different from the situation in other chalcids, we found that the BCPS were only distributed on the distal part of the segments of the funicle and the clava of EGW females, while they were distributed in the ventral side and lateral surface of segments of the funicle and clava except for the first funicular segment of the EGW male.
The drifting winged insects; zorapterans, orthopterans and hymenopterans such as chalcids were found only in the KA with a great difference in the counts of winter and summer.
Only hymenopterous parasitoids emerged from the mummies of the pupae, comprising two species of Chalcids namely Dibrachys cavus and D.
Seed-infesting chalcids of the genus Megastigmus Dalman, 1820 (Hymenoptera: Torymidae) native and introduced to the west Palaearctic region: taxonomy, host specificity and distribution.
The program allows users to choose from a list of alternative questions about chalcids, then proceed through a series of screens to help identify a wasp. Chalcids.dsml?Species=fuentesi&Family=Trichogra mmatidae&Superfamily=Chalcidoidea&Genus=Tric hogramma#spp_24
huizeensis parasitized by this chalcid. The parasitism rates of Trichomalus sp.