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Leucospis Fabricius

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Chalcidoidea; Family: Leucospidae)

Leucospis Fabricius, 1775. Type species: Leucospis dorsigera Fabricius, 1775.


Leucospis africana Cameron, 1907


Leucospis arabica Gadallah and Soliman, 2018

Leucospis carinifera Kriechbaumer, 1894


Leucospis elegans Klug, 1834


Leucospis fallax Bouček, 1974


Leucospis fuelleborniana Enderlein, 1903


Leucospis holubi Bouček, 1974


Leucospis incarnata Westwood, 1839


Leucospis insularis Kirby, 1900


Leucospis namibica Bouček, 1974


Leucospis obsoleta Klug, 1834


Leucospis ornata Westwood, 1839


Leucospis osmiae Bouček, 1974


Leucospis parvula Bouček, 1974


Leucospis pubescens Bouček, 1974

Leucospis reversa Bouček, 1974


Leucospis rostrata Bouček, 1974


Leucospis schlettereri Schulthess-Schindler, 1899

Leucospis tricolor Kirby, 1883

Leucospis varicollis Cameron, 1909

Leucospis species


Afrotropical region: Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon,  Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Also Worldwide.


Parasitoids of solitary bees and wasps.


Bouček, Z. 1974. A revision of the Leucospidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) of the world. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology Supplement 23: 1-241.

Gadallah N, Soliman A, Abu El-Ghiet, U, Elsheikh, T, Al Dhafer, H. 2018. The family Leucospidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from the South of Saudi Arabia, with the first report of the genus Micrapion and description of Leucospis arabica sp. nov.. Journal of Natural History 52: 2071-2096. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222933.2018.1510557.

Gess F.W. 1981. Some aspects of an ethological study of the aculeate wasps and the bees of
a karroid area in the vicinity of Grahamstown, South Africa. Annals of the Cape Provincial Museums, Natural History 14 (1): 1-80.

Kirby, W.F. 1883. Remarks on the genera of the subfamily Chalcidinae, with synonymic notes and descriptions of new species of Leucospidinae and Chalcidinae. Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 17 (98): 53-78, pls 3, 4.

Madl, M. & Schwarz, M. 2012. Catalogue and faunistics of the family Leucospidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) of the Ethiopian region excluding Malagasy subregion. Linzer biologische Beiträge 44: 1221-1235.

Rasplus, J.-Y. 1987. Leucospidae récoltés à Lamto (Cote d’Ivoire). Descriptions des mâles de Leucospis reversa Bouček et Neleucospis masculina Bouček. Revue Française d’Entomologie, Nouvelle Série 9 (4): 172-175.

Schulthess-Schindler, A. de. 1899. La faune entomologique du Delagoa. Hymenoptères. Bulletin de la Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 35 (132): 249-277.

Weaving, A.J.S. 1994. Notes on nesting behavour in two Afrotropical auplopine wasps Auplopus vitripennis Smith and A. femoralis (Arnold) (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae). Entomologist 113 (2): 140-153.
Weaving A.J.S. 1995. A comparison of nesting success and nesting habits in some Afrotropical aculeate wasps, with particular reference to nest parasites (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae, Eumenidae). Annals of the Cape Provincial Museums (Natural History) 19 (4): 181-224.

Westwood J.O. 1839. Die Hymenopteren-Gattung Leucospis, monographisch behandelt. Zeitschrift für Entomologie 1 (2): 237-266, pls 3, 4.


Photographs © Michael Madl and Martin Schwarz (Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna), or photographs © Alan Manson (Pietermaritzburg).

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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