Belongs within: Ichneumonidae.Contains: Gotra. The Cryptini are a group of mostly medium-sized or large ichneumon wasps with a single bulla in forewing vein 2m-cu and without complete propodeal areolation. They have been divided between numerous subtribes but these are poorly defined and of questionable validity (Gauld 1984). <==Cryptini [Mesostenini]G84 |–CeratocryptinaG84 | |–Lorio Cheesman 1936G84 |… Continue reading Cryptini


Belongs within: Ichneumonidae. The Campoplegini are a group of ichneumon wasps that are solitary endoparasites of holometabolous insect larvae. The majority of species attack Lepidoptera but exceptions include members of the genus Olesicampe that develop on Symphyta (Gauld 1984). Characters (from Gauld 1984): Small to moderately large, fore wing length 2–12 mm; head and body… Continue reading Campoplegini


Belongs within: Ichneumonidae. The Scolobatini are a group of ichneumon wasps characterised by the possession of a tyloid on the first flagellar segment, which is at most 1.2 times the length of the second. Other features include the enlarged, invaginated proctodeal membrane of the male, the membranous epipleuron of tergite I and the simple convex… Continue reading Scolobatini


Belongs within: Ichneumonidae. The Phytodietini are a cosmopolitan group of large ichneumon wasps that develop as parasitoids of Lepidoptera (Gauld 1984). Characters (from Gauld 1984): Propodeum smooth or transversely striate, without carinae or with posterior one represented by sublateral crests; posterior transverse carina of mesosternum absent except for lateral vestiges; tarsal claws pectinate to apices;… Continue reading Phytodietini


Belongs within: Ichneumonidae. The Phaeogenini are a group of mostly smaller ichneumonid wasps characterised by a rather convex clypeus and circular or subcircular petiolar spiracles. They are most diverse in the Holarctic realm with a few genera extending further south. The monophyly of this group is uncertain; features of this group may have evolved convergently… Continue reading Phaeogenini


Belongs within: Ichneumonoidea.Contains: Microgastrinae. The Ichneutinae are a small group of braconids endoparasitic on larvae of Lepidoptera or Hymenoptera (Tenthredinoidea), characterised by the presence of an abrupt curve at the anterior end of forewing vein 1-M (Achterberg 1993). However, Achterberg (1993) suggested that Ichneutinae was paraphyletic to a number of other subfamilies. These include the… Continue reading Ichneutinae


Belongs within: Ichneumonidae. Ophion is a primarily Holarctic genus of ichneumon wasps, members of which are common parasites on noctuid moths. Members are characterised by the presence of a bowed first abscissa on vein Rs of the hind wing, and a long membranous flange on the fore tibial spur (Gauld 1984). Characters (from Gauld 1984):… Continue reading Ophion


Belongs within: Doryctinae.Contains: Aphrastobraconini, Braconini. The Braconinae are a cosmopolitan group of mostly ectoparasitic braconid wasps, with hosts including larval Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera and phytophagous Hymenoptera (Achterberg 1993). They may give of a distinct odour when handled (Naumann 1991). Species of one group, the Aspidobraconina, are endoparasitic on butterfly pupae (Quicke & Ingram 1993). Characters… Continue reading Braconinae


Belongs within: Ichneumonoidea.Contains: Rogadinae, Braconinae, Opiinae, Alysiinae. The Doryctinae are a cosmopolitan group of braconid wasps with ectoparasitic larvae, most commonly on concealed Coleoptera larvae. The Neotropical Ypsistocerini, distinguished from other tribes by an enlarged telotarsus, are known from termite nests but their biology is otherwise unknown (Achterberg 1993). Characters (from Achterberg 1993): Maxillary palp… Continue reading Doryctinae


Belongs within: Doryctinae. The Opiinae are a large cosmopolitan group of braconid wasps that are endoparasitic on larval cyclorrhaphous Diptera. In members of the tribe Ademonini, which are parasitic on larvae of Ephydridae inhabiting aquatic plants, the forewing has vein SR1 incomplete and the marginal cell is open; members of other tribes have the marginal… Continue reading Opiinae