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Genus Encarsia

Aphelinidae (?)  - Encarsia - male Aphelinid w dark head - Encarsia nigricephala lateral - Encarsia nigricephala lateral - Encarsia Encarsia? - Encarsia Encarsia Encarsia Encarsia
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps)
Family Aphelinidae
Subfamily Coccophaginae
Genus Encarsia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Encarsia Förster 1878
Numbers
~50 spp. in our area, ~400 spp. worldwide(1)
Plus several introduced species as biocontrols.
Food
Primary parasitoids, mostly of whiteflies (Aleyrodidae) and scale insects (Diaspididae). A few attack other insects, such as aphids, lepidopteran eggs, and shield-back bugs (Plataspidae).
Remarks
Used in biocontrol.
An introduced species (Encarsia perplexa) to combat the citrus blackfly
Encarsia inaron introduced to fight the ash whitefly.
And Encarsia formosa introduced to fight greenhouse whiteflies.
Internet References
Dugesiana. Especies de Encarsia (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) que parasitan Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) en Tamaulipas y Morelos, México, y descripción de una especie nueva