Parasitised aphid

Parasitised aphid

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Credit: DR KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Parasitised aphid (Microlophium carnosum) on a nettle leaf, artwork. The dead aphid has been parasitised by the endoparasitoid larva of a braconid wasp. The adult wasp lays its egg inside the aphid and the larva consumes its host. After the aphid is consumed its skin becomes indurated and forms a so-called 'mummy'. The adult wasp has exited from the hole in the aphid's abdomen. This is characteristic of braconid wasps of the genus Aphidus. Endoparasitoid relationships are utilised in organic farming techniques as a form of biological pest control.

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