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The chalcid wasp (family Pteromalidae; centre) is a hyperparasite as it parasitizes the cocoons of a braconid wasp (subfamily Microgastrinae), which itself is a parasite of insects of the order Lepidoptera such as butterflies and moths

hyper- (prefix meaning ‘over, above, or beyond’) +‎ parasite.[1]

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hyperparasite (plural hyperparasites)

  1. (biology) Any parasite whose host is a parasite.
  2. (entomology, specifically) An insect that parasitizes another parasitic insect.

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