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Brachymeria Westwood

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Chalcidoidea; Family: Chalcididae; Subfamily: Chalcidinae; Tribe: Brachymeriini)

Brachymeria Westwood, 1829. Type species: Vespa minuta Linnaeus 1766, by subsequent designation (Westwood, J.O., 1829).


Brachymeria species (South Africa)

Brachymeria acarinatus (Schmitz, 1946)


Brachymeria africa Masi, 1929 


Brachymeria alberti (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria albicrus (Klug, 1834)

Brachymeria albipes (Kieffer, 1905)

Brachymeria albisquama Kriechbaumer, 1894

Brachymeria bauhiniae (Steffan, 1951)

Brachymeria bayoni Masi, 1929

Brachymeria boranensis Masi, 1939

Brachymeria bottegi Masi, 1929

Brachymeria brunneipennis (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria butae (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria citrea Steffan, 1954

Brachymeria clavigera Steffan, 1955

Brachymeria cowani (Kirby, 1883)

Brachymeria debauchei (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria dunbrodyensis (Cameron, 1907)

Brachymeria erythraea Masi, 1936

Brachymeria eublemmae (Steffan, 1951)

Brachymeria excarinata Gahan, 1925

  Brachymeria femorata Masi, 1929

Brachymeria feae Masi, 1929

Brachymeria globata Steffan, 1954

Brachymeria inornata Masi, 1940

Brachymeria kassalensis (Kirby, 1886)


Brachymeria kivuensis (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria leighi (Cameron, 1907)

Brachymeria lingulata Steffan, 1955

Brachymeria lissostoma (Cameron, 1911)

Brachymeria madagascariensis (Kieffer, 1905)

Brachymeria magrettii Masi, 1929

Brachymeria marmonti (Girault, 1924)

Brachymeria megensis Masi, 1943

Brachymeria microgaster (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria mochii Masi, 1936

Brachymeria multicolor (Kieffer, 1905)

Brachymeria nursei (Cameron, 1907)

Brachymeria olethria (Waterston, 1914)

Brachymeria paolii Masi, 1929

Brachymeria pilosella Steffan, 1954

Brachymeria podagrica (Fabricius, 1787)

Brachymeria porrecta Steffan, 1954

Brachymeria pseudamenocles Masi, 1943

Brachymeria reflexa Steffan, 1954

Brachymeria risbeci Steffan, 1954

Brachymeria rufa Steffan, 1954

Brachymeria rufiventris (Kieffer, 1905)

Brachymeria securiclavus (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria sesamiae Gahan, 1928

Brachymeria setosiella Steffan, 1954

Brachymeria somalica Masi, 1929

Brachymeria straeleni (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria tenuicornis (Kieffer, 1905)

Brachymeria tibialis Steffan, 1958

Brachymeria truncata (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria varipes (Walker, 1871)

Brachymeria vulcani (Schmitz, 1946)

Brachymeria wanei Risbec, 1957

Brachymeria xanthopus (Schmitz, 1946)

Distribution Worldwide.
Biology Brachymeria species are mostly primary parasitoids of butterfly and moth pupa (Lepidoptera), but a few attack muscoid Diptera or are secondary parasitoids of tachinid and sarcophagid Diptera parasitizing Lepidoptera and Orthoptera.


Bouček, Z. 1974, On some Chalcididae and Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera), with descriptions of new genera and species from Africa and one species from Asia. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 37(2): 327-330.

Cameron, P. 1905, On the Hymenoptera of the Albany Museum. (Third paper) Record of the Albany Museum 1: 297-314.

Cameron, P. 1907, Descriptions of species of parasitic Hymenoptera, chiefly in the collections of the South African Museum, Cape Town. (Second paper) Annals of the South African Museum 5: 203-225.

Fabricius, J.C. 1787, Mantissa Insectorum sistens species nuper detectas 1:272 Copenhagen Gibson G.A.P. 1993. Superfamilies Mymarommatoidea and Chalcidoidea (pp. 570-655). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Kieffer, J.J. 1905, Neue Eucharinae und Chalcidinae. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 49:262

Schmitz, G. 1946, Chalcididae de l'Afrique Central. Exploration du Parc National Albert, Mission G.F. de Witte Fas. 48:54 Congo Belge, Inst. Parcs. Nat. Albert, Mission G.F. de Witte.


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

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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