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Chrysididae

Cuckoo wasps of the Afrotropical Region

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

ClassificationIdentification keys

Amiseginae
Chrysidinae
Distribution Worldwide, with greatest diversity in temperate deserts.
Biology Parasitoids of eggs or larva of other insects or cleptoparasites in insect nests.

Diversity

3000 species.

References

Brothers, D.J. 2011. A new Late Cretaceous family of Hymenoptera, and phylogeny of the Plumariidae and Chrysidoidea (Aculeata). In: Shcherbakov, D.E., Engel, M.S., Sharkey, M.J. (Eds) Advances in the Systematics of Fossil and Modern Insects: Honouring Alexandr Rasnitsyn. ZooKeys 130: 515–542. doi:10.3897/zookeys.130.1591

Dollfuss, H. 1990. Aculeate Hymenoptera collected 1985 in the Republic of Central Africa (Sphecidae, Eumenidae, Vespidae, Pompilidae, Chrysididae and Scoliidae). Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen 42(3/4): 121–124.

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.

Credits

Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa)

 

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Citation: van Noort, S. 2018. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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