braconid

braconid

[brak-uh-nid]
noun
1.
any of numerous wasps of the family Braconidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on aphids and on the larvae of moths, butterflies, beetles, etc.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the family Braconidae.

Origin:
1890–95; < Neo-Latin Braconidae, equivalent to Bracon a genus (irregular < Greek brachýs short; see brachy-) + -idae -id2)

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braconid

any of more than 15,000 species of parasitic wasps (order Hymenoptera) that are dark or dull in colour and relatively small, seldom exceeding 1.5 cm (0.6 inch) in length. The wings are sometimes banded or spotted. The ovipositor, or egg-laying organ, of the female is long and conspicuous

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