Host: flue-cured tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum (flue-cured type)
Description: These small wasps are parasites of budworms. They are about 3/8 inch long. Although the wings and front portion of these wasps are black and only the abdomen and hind legs are red, they appear red in color. Red-tail wasps are often seen hovering over tobacco buds or flowers in search of small budworm larvae. Once a female finds a larva, she inserts an egg into its body. The parasitized budworm will look normal and continue to develop to the 4th or 5th stage before it prematurely pupates and dies.
Image type: Field
Image location: United States
Specimen in collection: No
Name: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set
Organization: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Country: United States