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A minute parasitic wasp of a large group whose members lay eggs inside the eggs of other insects. They typically have bright metallic coloration.
- ‘We identified a high level of mortality to stem beetles due to the attack of the chalcid.’
- ‘It features unique footage of one of the world's smallest insects, a chalcid wasp known as a fairyfly.’
- ‘The chalcid wasps that develop in fig tree inflorescences have often been used to study alternative reproductive behaviors.’
- ‘All species analyzed in this study are organized according to current chalcid taxonomy.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Chalcis (genus name), from Greek khalkos ‘copper, brass’, + -id.
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