Definition of Chalcid fly
1. Noun. Any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects.
Generic synonyms: Hymenopter, Hymenopteran, Hymenopteron, Hymenopterous Insect
Group relationships: Chalcidae, Chalcididae, Family Chalcidae, Family Chalcididae
Specialized synonyms: Chalcis Fly
Lexicographical Neighbors of Chalcid Fly
Literary usage of Chalcid fly
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Farm Friends and Farm Foes: A Text-book of Agricultural Science by Clarence Moores Weed (1910)
"Shortly afterward the chalcid fly lays its egg within the egg of the Plusia ... So, instead of the original egg developing into one chalcid fly as is so ..."
2. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1914)
"... and our laboratory investigations so far certainly justify our hopes. One of the new species, a small chalcid fly, known to entomologists as Cocco- ..."
3. Annual Report (1891)
"... from an irregular hole made in the side of the cocoon, there emerged a Chalcid fly of about the same size as the Braconid. This chalcid fly is no ..."
4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1901)
"... three lady-bird beetles and one moth, the larva of which feeds on the scale. Of these enemies the chalcid fly and one of the lady-bird beetles are * Mr. ..."