Sunday, 23 May 2010

A Parasitoid of Ectoedemia weaveri

A parasitoid has emerged from one of my Cowberry mines. The exit hole is clearly visible in the cocoon of Ectoedemia weaveri.
I am unsure if this is a chalcidoid or a braconid so have emailed the photo to Mark Shaw and Dick Askew for advice.
Watch this space!


  1. Oh well,at least you got something to emerge, they're a very fickle group to rear through, always finding new ways to die.Still,you've proved they do breed in the area which is something!

  2. Apparantly, the parasitoid is an Adelius sp (Braconidae: Adeliinae...specialist parasitoids of Nepticulids).
    It is a very unrevised group – probably a great many more or less specialised species, but only a few names in use and perhaps none of them reliably.
    It has gone off to Mark Shaw for a closer look