Parasitic wasps lay their eggs into another insect, which then becomes food for the hatched wasp larvae. Some parasitic wasps have only one host, while others have a number of possible hosts. This table shows some parasitic wasps (first two columns) and their hosts (third column). Parasitic wasps attack the host at a particular stage in its life cycle. Some of these wasps are native to New Zealand. Others were accidentally introduced, or brought in deliberately to control pests.
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