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Chrysidine wasps of Africa and Madagascar

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Chrysidoidea; Family: Chrysididae)

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Distribution Worldwide.
Diversity Approximately 2200 species worldwide.
Biology Parasitoids of larva of other insects or cleptoparasites in insect nests.


Kimsey L.S. 2006. California Cuckoo Wasps of the Family Chrysididae (Hymenoptera). University of California Publications in Entomology 125: 1311.
Kimsey, L.S. & Bohart, R.M. 1990. The Chrysidid wasps of the world. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 652 pp.

Finnamore, A.T. & Brothers, D.J. 1993. Superfamily Chrysidoidea (pp. 130-160). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Ramage, T. & Kimsey, L.S. 2015. The Aculeata of French Polynesia. IV. First record of Chrysis angolensis (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France 120: 209-211.


Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or © Lynn Kimsey (Bohart Musuem) and Robert Copeland (ICIPE). Banner image © Vida van der Walt.


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Citation: van Noort, S. 2019. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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