Otitesellini

Belongs within: Pteromalidae. The Otitesellini are a group of wasps that oviposit on figs, either by entering the ostiole or through the fig wall. The larvae feed on the ovarium tissue, which swells to a gall (Bouček 1988). The Sycoryctinae are a group of fig-wasps in which the females have a long, extruded ovipositor (at… Continue reading Otitesellini

Sycophaginae

Belongs within: Pteromalidae. The Sycophaginae is a pantropical group of fig wasps, with females usually ovipositing from the outside and larvae feeding on ovarium tissue (Bouček 1988). Wasps don’t give to a fig Published 11 September 2018 The strategies employed by flowering plants to draw in their pollinators are many and varied. Some have entered… Continue reading Sycophaginae

Pteromalidae

Belongs within: Chalcidoidea.Contains: Colotrechninae, Pachyneurinae, Sycophaginae, Miscogastrinae, Otitesellini, Pteromalini. The Ormocerinae are a group of wasps, most diverse in the Australian region, that are all (so far as is known) either gall-makers or inquilines of other gall-forming insects (Bouček 1988). The Pteromalinae is a diverse (albeit somewhat poorly defined) group of chalcidoid wasps parasitising a… Continue reading Pteromalidae

Colotrechninae

Belongs within: Pteromalidae. The Colotrechninae are a group of chalcidoid wasps found in Australia and South America. Host data are known for only a small number of species, but colotrechnines include species associated with plant galls and seed pods (Bouček 1988). Characters (from Bouček 1988): Occipital carina absent; large axillulae present, separated from scutellum by… Continue reading Colotrechninae

Miscogastrinae

Belongs within: Pteromalidae.Contains: Miscogaster. The Miscogasterini are a group of parasitic wasps whose known hosts are Diptera burrowing in or mining soft tissues of plants. The group is somewhat poorly defined, but its members generally have complete notauli and a petiolate gaster (Bouček 1988). <==Miscogastrinae [Mischogastrides, Miscogasteridae, Miscogasteroidae, Miscogastrini]MH11 |–Diconocara Dzhanokmen 1986 [Diconocarini]BM22 | `–D.… Continue reading Miscogastrinae

Isoplatoides

Belongs within: Pteromalini. Isoplatoides is a genus of wasps parasitising a wide range of host insects, many of them developing within plant structures such as seeds or galls. Members of this genus often (but not always) have bands or spots on the forewing; males have two anelli in the antennae and resemble the related genus… Continue reading Isoplatoides

Pteromalus

Belongs within: Pteromalini. Pteromalus is a genus of wasps parasitising a wide variety of insect hosts, including some commercially significant Lepidoptera pests (such as Pteromalus puparum on cabbage whites). Characters (from Bouček 1988): Antenna inserted near to centre of face, with two anelli and six funicular segments; lower face with radiating striation; clypeus not large,… Continue reading Pteromalus

Callitula

Belongs within: Pteromalini. Callitula is a cosmopolitan genus of wasps parasitising larvae of small Diptera, particularly Agromyzidae burrowing in plant stems. The female has the apex of the antennal clava produced into an narrow spicula (Bouček 1988). Callitula Spinola 1811 (see below for synonymy)B88 |–*C. bicolorB88 [incl. *Micromelus rufomaculatusG38] |–C. aenea (Girault 1913) [=Pseudosphegigasterus aeneus]B88… Continue reading Callitula

Mesopolobus

Belongs within: Pteromalini. Mesopolobus is a diverse and cosmopolitan genus of wasps parasitising a variety of hosts, primarily gallmakers and other insect larvae developing within plants (Bouček 1988). Characters (from Bouček 1988): Frons in female narrower than antenna less scapus, clava never acuminate; ocelli not unusually small; clypeal margin more or less emarginate; notaular grooves… Continue reading Mesopolobus