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Megalyra Westwood

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Megalyroidea; Family: Megalyridae; Tribe: Megalyrini)

Megalyra Westwood 1832

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Megalyra fasciipennis Westwood, 1832


Introduced into South Africa (Western Cape Province).


Parasitoids of wood boring beetle larvae (Cerambycidae; Bostrychidae; Buprestidae) and mud-nesting sphecid wasp larvae (Hymenoptera).



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Froggatt W.W. 1906. Notes on the hymenopterous genus Megalyra Westwood, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Linnaean Society of New South Wales 31: 399-407.

Gess F.W. 1964. The discovery of a parasite of the Phoracantha beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the Western Cape. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 27: 152.

Neuenschwander, P. Borgemeister, C. & J. Langewald (Eds). 2003. Biological Control in IPM Systems in Africa, pp. 448. CABI Publishing, CAB International, Wallingford.

Shaw S.R. 1990. A taxonomic revision of the long-tailed wasps of the genus Megalyra Westwood (Hymenoptera: Megalyridae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 3: 1005-1052.

van Noort, S. & Picker, M. 2011. Wasps, Bees, Ants. Class Insecta, Order Hymenoptera. Pp 140-146. In:  Picker, M. & Griffiths, C. (eds.) Alien & Invasive Animals. A South African perspective. Struik Nature.

Westwood J.O. 1832. In: Griffith E. Supplement on the Hymenoptera, pp 389-576. In: Cuvier G. Animal Kingdom, Class Insecta. Whittaker, Treacher and Co., London, 796 pp.


Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa)

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2024. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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