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"Litus cynipseus Haliday, 1833

Chalcidoidea, Mymaridae, Alaptinae

Non-type Female

Collected in the United Kingdom

Several Mymaridae taxa are known to parasitise aquatic insects and have been observed swimming under water to reach their hosts' eggs. Individuals of Litus cynipseus were observed by Brocher (1910) emerging from aquatic Hemiptera eggs and walking "under and against [the water surface] as on a ceiling" before using a piece of floating cork to exit the water.

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