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Orussus scutator (Benson)

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Orussoidea; Family: Orussidae; Genus: Orussus)

Heliorussus scutator Benson, 1955. Holotype in Natural History Museum, London (BMNH). Type locality: Moyamba (Sierra Leone).



Photographs Lars Vilhelmsen (Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen).

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Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa). Images taken with hand held SLR (Nikon D80), 105 mm macro lens and slave flashes diffused through polystyrene cup.


Sierra Leone.


Host unknown.


Benson, R.B. 1955. Classification of the Orussidae with some new genera and species (Hymenoptera: Symphyta). Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society of London 24: 1323.

Vilhelmsen, L. 2003. Phylogeny and classification of the Orussidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera), a basal parasitic wasp taxon. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 139: 337-418.


Photographs Lars Vilhelmsen (Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen) or 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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