from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A name of sundry parasitic hymenopterous insects, as the Chrysis ignita, of the family Chrysididœ.
- noun plural A general name of the pupivorous ichneumon-files, the females of which deposit their eggs in the larvæ or pupæ of other insects.
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A small cuckoo-fly, aware, it should seem, of the very spot where the chrysalis lay within the leaf, was seen boring through it with her ovipositor, and introducing her eggs through the punctures thus made into the body of the dormant insect.
In a few days the eggs of the cuckoo-fly were hatched, the grubs devoured the lilac chrysalis, and finally changed into pupae in a case of yellow silk, and into perfect insects like their parent.