Insect of the Week (June 19, 2017) - Macroglenes penetrans
This week's Insect of the Week is a beneficial wasp from the Family Pteromalidae named Macroglenes penetrans. It is an important natural enemy of wheat midge. The wasp is a parasitoid that lives within the wheat midge larva and overwinters within the host. In the spring, the parasitoid larva develops to emerge from the wheat midge cocoon buried in the soil and seeks out wheat midge eggs.