Chalcididae

Belongs within: Chalcidoidea.Contains: Cratocentrinae, Haltichellinae, Conura, Dirhininae, Phasgonophorini, Epitranus, Brachymeria (Brachymeria). The Chalcididae are a group of chalcidoid wasps characterised by large, ventrally dentate hind femora that are adapted for jumping. They typically develop as parasitoids in insect pupae (Bouček 1988). Characters (from Bouček 1988): Body often large and non-metallic, gaster convex, not collapsing; gena… Continue reading Chalcididae

Epitranus

Belongs within: Chalcididae. Epitranus is an Old World genus of parasitic wasps (possibly introduced to the Americas) whose hosts, so far as is known, are small moths of the Pyralidae and Tineidae. Members are distinguished by low-placed antennae on a shield overhanging the mouth, and a long, slender petiole (Bouček 1988). Characters (from Bouček 1988):… Continue reading Epitranus

Conura

Belongs within: Chalcididae. Conura is a genus of chalcidid wasps whose species mostly attack the pupae of Lepidoptera, though some develop on other insects such as Coleoptera. Molecular analysis (Heraty et al. 2013) suggests that this genus is paraphyletic to other members of the Chalcidini, a group of Chalcididae with a distinctly petiolate gaster and… Continue reading Conura

Dirhininae

Belongs within: Chalcididae. The Dirhininae are a group of chalcidid wasps with the frons angulately produced forwards; in Dirhinus, it is divided into a pair of edged horns. Dirhinus species are parasites in fly puparia, including those of a number of synanthropic species (Bouček 1988). <==DirhininaeB88 |–Aplorhinus [Aplorhinini]B88 | `–A. bakeriB88 `–Dirhinus Dalman 1818 (see… Continue reading Dirhininae

Antrocephalus

Belongs within: Haltichellinae. Antrocephalus is an Old World genus of wasps (with a single species introduced to South America) that mostly parasitises Lepidoptera. Mature wasps emerge from the host pupa (Bouček 1988). Characters (from Bouček 1988): Frons at inner margins of eyes with distinct carina on either side, clearly curving in before lateral ocelli and… Continue reading Antrocephalus

Brachymeria (Brachymeria)

Belongs within: Chalcididae. Brachymeria subgenus Brachymeria includes both primary parasitic and hyperparasitic wasps in pupae of holometabolous insects, particularly Lepidoptera (Bouček 1988). Brachymeria perflavipes and beyond Published 4 June 2012 For the subject of today’s post, the wheel-spin brought up the parasitic wasp Brachymeria perflavipes. This is a species of the family Chalcididae described by… Continue reading Brachymeria (Brachymeria)

Haltichellinae

Belongs within: Chalcididae.Contains: Antrocephalus, Hybothoracini. The Haltichellinae are a subfamily of the wasp family Chalcididae, characterised by having the apex of the hind tibia almost perpendicularly truncate and with two spurs, only rarely with the ventral corner forming a short spine. Three tribes are recognised within the Haltichellinae (though the analysis by Munro et al.,… Continue reading Haltichellinae