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Trichogrammatid wasps of the Afrotropical Region

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



Aphelinoidea Girault, 1911


Bloodiella Novicky 1935


Brachygrammatella Girault, 1915  


Chaetogramma Doutt, 1975  


Chaetostricha Walker, 1851   

Kyuwia Pinto & George, 2004

Epoligosita Girault, 1916  

  Haeckeliania Girault, 1912

Lathromeris Förster, 1856   


Lathromeromyia Girault 1914


Megaphragma Timberlake, 1924   


Microcaetiscus (Ghesquière, 1946)  


Oligosita Walker, 1851   


Oligositoides Doutt 1968


Paracentrobia Howard, 1897   


Paratrichogramma Girault 1912

Poropoea Foerster, 1851

Trichogramma Westwood, 1833   


Trichogrammatoidea Girault, 1911


Tumidiclava Girault, 1911


Ufensia Girault, 1913


Uscana Girault, 1911   


Xiphogramma Novicky 1940



Diversity Worldwide: 800 described species in about 84 genera. Estimated total of 4000 species worldwide. Trichogrammatidae contain some of the smallest insects with a total adult length ranging from a paltry fifth of a millimeter to 1.5mm.
Biology Parasitoids of eggs of other insects (most commonly Hemiptera, but Coleoptera and Lepidoptera eggs are also parasitized).


Boucek, Z. 1988. Australasian Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). A biosystematic revision of genera of fourteen families, with a reclassification of species. pp. 832pp. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, U.K., Cambrian News Ltd; Aberystwyth, Wales.

Foerster, A. 1851. Eine Centurie neuer Hymenopteren. Vierte und fünfte Dekade. Verhandlungen des Naturhistorischen Vereins der Preussischen Rheinlande und Westfalens, Bonn 8: 1-42, 1 plate.

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.

Gibson, G.A.P., Huber, J.T., Woolley, J.B. (Editors) 1997. Annotated keys to the genera of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera) :794pp National Research Council Research Press, Ottawa, Canada.

Heraty, J.M., Burks, R.A., Cruaud, A., Gibson, G.A.P., Liljeblad, J., Munro, J., Rasplus, J.-Y., Delvare, G., Janšta, P., Gumovsky, A., Huber, J., Woolley, J.B., Krogmann, L., Heydon, S., Polaszek, A., Schmidt, S., Darling, D.C., Gates, M.W., Mottern, J., Murray, E., Dal Molin, A., Triapitsyn, S., Baur, H., Pinto, J.D., van Noort, S., George, J. & Yoder, M. 2013. A phylogenetic analysis of the megadiverse Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). Cladistics 29: 466–542. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cla.12006

Laudonia S, Viggiani G, Biondi S. 2017. A new species of Poropoea Foerster from Africa (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Trichogrammatidae). ZooKeys 658: 81–87. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.658.11501

Pinto, J.D. & George, J. 2004. Kyuwia, a new genus of Trichogrammatidae (Hymenoptera) from Africa. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 106: 531-539.


Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or © Stefania Laudonia & Gennaro Viggiani (University of Naples Federico II).

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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