Difference Between or Characteristics of Parasite, Parasitoid and Predator

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Difference Between or Characteristics of Parasite, Parasitoid and Predator

Sr. No.

Properties

Parasite

Parasitoid

Predator

1

Size

Smaller than host

Same size as host

Large than host

2

Host

Both larva and host

Only larva and adults

Both larva and host

3

No. of host

One

One

More than one

4

Injury to host

Feed without killing

Paralyze to oviposition

Kill to devour

5

Activity

Function at low host density so efficient

Function at low host density so efficient

Function at higher host density so efficient.

6

Diurnal or Nocturnal

Diurnal/Nocturnal

Diurnal

Diurnal/Nocturnal

7

Host Specificity

Great

Great

Not so great

8

Suitability for biological control

Not suited

Best suited

Suited

9

Examples

Mosquitoes, lice bed bugs

Parasitic wasps tachinid flies

Mantids, lady bird beetles

 

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