ectophagous

ectophagous

[ek′täf·ə·gəs]
(invertebrate zoology)
The larval stage of a parasitic insect which is in the process of development externally on a host.
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Minus a few exceptional cases, female Encarsia are primary endoparasitoids whereas males develop as ectophagous hyperparasitoids on conspecific or heterospecific individuals including those of other genera (Walter 1983; Hunter & Woolley 2001).
Interactions between the rust fungus Puccinia punctiformis and ectophagous and endophagous insects on creeping thistle.
Of these insect species, the majority were native (72%), polyphagous (64%), and ectophagous (68%).
Insects were classified as native or exotic, oligophagous or polyphagous, and endophagous or ectophagous feeders.
ectophagous feeders, and the number and percentage of oligophagous vs.
ectophagous) were not different between the wild native Eugenia and wild invasive Eugenia (Pearson [chi square] = 0.003, df = 1, P = 0.960), or among the cultivated plants (Pearson [chi square] = 1.91, df = 2, P = 0.385) (Fig.