Biology and identification
Aphid parasitoid (applied to many small wasps)
Type of insect:
Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta, Order Hymenoptera, Family Aphidiidae
How to identify it:
Mummies (see parasitoids page) are 1mm in size and a light bronze color. When the adults emerge, they leave exit holes in the mummies.
Larvae are not visible as they are living within the aphid.
Adults are tiny wasps, about 3mm long. They have dark wings and gold and black bodies. Adults are identified by the veins on their wings
Gardener friend or foe?
Actually, you can buy these insects to help control aphids in you garden.
What does it eat?
A. ervi attack many species of larger aphids such as the green peach aphid and brassica aphids. As brassica aphids are quite common in gardens, you are likely to see this natural enemy in your garden!
What eats it?
Predators attacking the mummies kills many parasitoids. Lacewing and lady beetle larvae both attack mummies when they find them.