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Plumariid wasps of the Afrotropical Region

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


Myrmecopterina Bischoff, 1914
Myrmecopterinella Day, 1977

Parapenesia Kieffer, 1910


Arid and semi-arid areas in South America (Ecuador to Chile and Argentina) and southern Africa (South Africa to Namibia and Zimbabwe).


Unknown. Females have been collected under rocks and males are attracted to light.


Less than 20 species in five genera.


Bischoff H. 1914. Konowiellidae. Eine neue Hymenopteren-Familie. Entomologische Rundschau 31: 61-62.

Brothers, D.J. 1974. The genera of Plumariidae, with description of a new genus and species from Argentina (Hymenoptera: Bethyloidea). Journal of the entomological Society of southern Africa 37: 351–356.

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

Brues, C.T. 1924. Some South African parasitic Hymenoptera of the families Evaniidae, Braconidae, Alysiidae, and Plumariidae in the South African Museum with a catalogue of the known species. Annals of the South African Museum 19: 1-150.

Day, M.C. 1977. A new genus of Plumariidae from southern Africa, with notes on Scolebythidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea). Cimbebasia 4: 171-177.

Enderlein, G. 1918. Hymenoptera II: Archihymenidae. Beitr. Landf. Süd-Westafrik. 1: 193–199.

Evans, H.E. 1966. Discovery of the female Plumarius (Hymenoptera, Plumariidae). Psyche 73, 229–237.

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.

Roig-Alsina, A. 1994. A new genus of Plumariidae, with notes on the relationships among the genera of the family. Mitteilungen der Münchener entomologisches Geselschaft, 84, 91–96.

Terayama, M. 2006. Bethylidae (Hymenoptera). In: Insects of Japan. 1-317pp. Edited by the Entomological Society of Japan. Fukuoka, Japan: Touka Shoboo Co. Ltd.


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

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2022. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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