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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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including dipterans, as well as hymenopterans such as vespids, braconids and chalcids, but not bees (reviewed in Bino et al.
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 average number of chalcids per umbel per replicate was determined by counting and removing the emerged chalcids.
There are two main groups of parasitoid mini-wasps: ichneumonids, which lay their eggs mainly in the larvae (caterpillars) and pupae (cocoons) of moths and butterflies; and chalcids, which lay their eggs not only in larvae and pupae, but in eggs, nymphs and adults of virtually every type of insect.
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.