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Parasites of Phasmids

Perhaps the most interesting of phasmid parasites are not always classified as parasites! The parasitoid (parasitoids are like parasites but invariably kill their host) wasps of the families Loboscelidiinae and Amiseginae (Chrysididae) use phasmid eggs as their hosts. These two chrysidid subfamilies are under-collected and under-studied. For more information please see the Hymenoptera Parasitoids of Phasmids (HyPhas) website.

There are several records of parasites of adult phasmids. These records are for four main types of parasites: mites, flies, roundworms, and parasitic wasps (including a a doubtful record for an ichneumon).

Information on parasites of phasmids can be found in the following publications: