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Sapygid wasps of the Afrotropical region

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


Sapyga Latreille, 1796

Sapygina Costa, 1887


Worldwide, but absent from the Australian region.


Cleptoparasites or ectoparasitoids of bee and wasp larva (Megachilidae, Anthophoridae, Eumeninae).


About 66 species in 12 genera (Aguiar et al 2013; Branstetter et al 2018).


Aguiar AP, Deans AR, Engel MS, Forshage M, Huber JT, Jennings JT, Johnson NF, Lelej AS, Longino JT, Lohrmann V, Miko I. 2013. Order Hymenoptera. In: Zhang, Z.-Q.(Ed.) Animal Biodiversity: An Outline of Higher-level Classification and Survey of Taxonomic Richness (Addenda 2013). Zootaxa 3703: 51-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3703.1.12

Arnold, G. 1929. African species of Sapygidae. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 13: 175-181.

Arnold, G. 1933. New African Hymenoptera. Occasional Papers of the Rhodesian Museum 2: 51-56.

Arnold, G. 1960. New species of African Hymenoptera No. 15. Occasional Papers of the National Museum of Southern Rhodesia No. 24B:452-488.

Benoit, P.L.G. 1950. Un Sapygide (Hym.) nouveau du Congo belge. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 43: 267268.

Branstetter MG, Childers AK, Cox-Foster D, Hopper KR, Kapheim KM, Toth AL, Worley KC. 2018. Genomes of the Hymenoptera. Current Opinion in Insect Science 25: 65-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2017.11.008

Brothers, D.J. & Finnamore A.T. 1993. Superfamily Vespoidea (pp. 161-278). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Dalla Torre, CG. de. 1892-1902. Catalogus hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Guilelmi Englemann, Leipsig, Germany. 749 pp.

Gess, S.K. & Gess, F.W. 2014. Wasps and bees in southern Africa. SANBI Biodiversity Series 24. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. 320 pp.


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

Bob Copeland (ICIPE).

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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