parasitoid(redirected from Ectoparasitoid)
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Related to Ectoparasitoid: Parasitoidism, Endoparasitoid, Hyperparasitoid
Denoting a feeding relationship intermediate between predation and parasitism, in which the parasitoid eventually destroys its host; refers especially to parasitic wasps (order Hymenoptera) the larvae of which feed on and finally destroy a grub or other arthropod host stung by the mother wasp before laying its egg(s) on the host.
[parasite + G. eidos, appearance]
An organism, usually an insect, that lives on or in a host organism during some period of its development and eventually kills its host.