Tiny wasp offers 'pest control'

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Tiny wasp offers 'pest control'


Source: The BBC

A tiny wasp discovered in Kent is providing an "ecosystem service" by attacking a common pest.

Dr Andrew Polaszek, who works at the Natural History Museum intiny wasp London, found the insect in school grounds near his home in Sevenoaks during the summer.

The 1mm (0.04in) long stingless Encarsia aleurochitonis lays its eggs in white fly and devours its host.

The wasp is known to live in mainland Europe, but may have been overlooked in the UK until now because of its size.

Dr Polaszek said since he first discovered the parasitic insect during a study of white fly it had been identified in other parts of the country.

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