Differences Between predator and a parasite

Predator Parasite
1. Mostly a generalized feeder excepting lady bird beetles and hover flies which show some specificity to pray Exhibits host specialization and in many cases the range of host species attacked is very much limited
2. Very active in habits Usually sluggish one
3. Sense organs and mouth parts are well develop Not very well developed and sometimes reduced.

Ovipositor is well developed and oviposition is specialized 

4. Stronger, larger and usually more intelligent than the prey Smaller and not markedly more intelligent than the host
5. Habitat is in dependent of that of its prey Habitat and environment is made and determined by that of the host
6. Life cycle- long Short
7. Attack on the prey is casual and not well planned Planning is more evident
8. Seizes and devours the prey rapidly Lives on or in the body of the host killing it slowly
9. Attack on prey is for obtaining food for the attacking predator itself, excepting in wasps which sting the caterpillars to paralyses and provide them as food in the nest for the young  It is for provision of food for the off spring
10. A single predator may attack several hosts in a short period A parasite usually completes development in a single host in most cases

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