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Encyrtidae (Tiny parasitic wasps)


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Encyrtidae is a large and diverse family of Chalcidoid wasps. Many Encyrtidae are useful in biocontrol of insect pests. We did not identify Bee Atlas Encyrtidae to genus or species.


Encyrtidae are tiny parasitic wasps. Hosts for different Encyrtidae species can include almost any other kind of adult or larval insects, including other parasitic wasps.

Nest Structure

We only had a few nests in Bee Atlas blocks that Encyrtidae emerged from. One was a Eumenid wasp nest, and the other two were either wasp or bee nests which did not produce any hosts.

Hole Sizes

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Activity Period

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Grissell, Eric E. and Michael E. Schauff. 1990. A Handbook of The Families of Nearctic Chacidoidea (Hymenoptera). The Entomological Society of Washington. Washington, D.C. 85 pp. Thank you to John Luhmen for help identifying parasitic wasps

Minnesota Record Map

These data are from the Minnesota Bee Atlas project.

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