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Species Ooencyrtus kuvanae

Encyrtid Wasps (Ooencyrtus kuvanae) - Ooencyrtus kuvanae Courtship - Ooencyrtus kuvanae - male - female gypsy moth egg parasitoid wasp - Ooencyrtus kuvanae gypsy moth egg parasitoid wasp - Ooencyrtus kuvanae Winged insects on fuzzy substance - Ooencyrtus kuvanae encyrtid - Ooencyrtus kuvanae Ooencyrtus kuvanae Ooencyrtus kuvanae
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcidoid Wasps)
Family Encyrtidae (Encyrtid Wasps)
Subfamily Encyrtinae
Genus Ooencyrtus
Species kuvanae (Ooencyrtus kuvanae)
Food
Eggs of Lymantria dispar h in this country.
Life Cycle
Female overwinters in leaf litter and becomes active in April. Oviposits on gypsy moth egg masses. The generation that emerges oviposits on second generation of moth egg masses in July-August. A third generation emerges in September to November. There may be a fourth generation in warmer areas.
Remarks
First introduced from Japan in 1909. Later, repeatedly introduced in the 1970s and 1980s to combat the invasive moth, Lymantria dispar.
In 2017 it has been seen parasitizing eggs of another invader, the recently introduced Lycorma delicatula, the Spotted Lanternfly, (Journal of Insect Science).