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Braconidae

[brə′kän·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The braconid wasps, a family of hymenopteran insects in the superfamily Ichneumonoidea.

Braconidae

 

the family of parasitic Hymenoptera insects, resembling the ichneumon fly. Wingless forms are encountered (most often females). The family includes about 400 genera, uniting about 5,000 species; they are distributed throughout the world. All Braconidae in the larval stage are endoparasites of other insects, largely of the larvae of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. Some Braconidae are used in biological combat against harmful insects. Most significant in the USSR are Apanteles glomeratus, the main predator of white butterflies (cabbage butterflies), and Habrobracon juglandis and Meteorus versicolor, parasites of willow tussock moths.

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New Neotropical distribution records of braconid wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).
New braconid wasps (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) in the Hungarian Natural History Museum, 4.
Braconid wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) represent an important insect group in biodiversity and conservation studies.
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).
Whitfield made the assumption that today's braconid wasps all descended from a single ancestor that somehow acquired the virus.
To address such questions, Jean-Michel Drezen of the National Center for Scientific Research in Tours, France, and his team recently sequenced the genetic material that encodes the virus particles found in one species of braconid wasps.
Like many other researchers, Drezen had thought that the symbiotic viruses found in the braconid wasps were probably related to baculoviruses, which are common in insects and have capsules shaped like those of the symbiotic viruses.
Chen's 1999 and 2000 surveys of three orchards in southern, central, and northern France revealed 65 parasite species, including braconid wasps and tachinid flies, that attack the pests.
He will also receive a braconid wasp that parasitizes leafrollers.
Venom gland apparatus in cy clostome braconid wasps with special reference to the subfamily Doryctinae (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Braconidae).
Comparative morphology of the venom gland and reservoir in opiine and alysiine braconid wasps (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Braconidae).
Venom gland apparatus in cyclostome braconid wasps with special reference to the subfamily Doryctinae (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Braconidae).