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Classification

Scelio howardi Crawford

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Platygastroidea; Family Scelionidae; Subfamily: Scelioninae; Genus: Scelio)

 

Scelio howardi Crawford, 1910. Holotype in Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Type locality

Scelio aburiensis Kieffer, 1913. Synonymy by Nixon, 1958.

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Figures 121–126. Scelio howardi Crawford, female (OSUC 211309). 121 Habitus, dorsal view 122 Habitus, lateral view 123 Head and mesosoma, dorsal view 124 Head and mesosoma, lateral view 125 Head, anterior view 126 Metasoma, dorsal view. Scale bars in millimeters.

Distribution

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Israel, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Link to distribution Map (Hymenoptera online database).

Biology

Emerged from egg of Eyprepocnemis plorans plorans (Charpentier) [Orthoptera: Acrididae (as Euprepocnemis senegalensis Bolívar)]; living in Indigofera brachystachya (DC.) [Fabales: Fabaceae]; emerged from diapausing eggs of Kraussaria angulifera (Krauss) [Orthoptera: Acrididae]; emerged from egg of Kraussaria angulifera (Krauss) [Orthoptera: Acrididae]; emerged from egg of Nomadacris septemfasciata
(Serville) [Orthoptera: Acrididae]; solitary egg parasitoid of Nomadacris septemfasciata (Serville) [Orthoptera: Acrididae] (Yoder et al., 2014).

References

Crawford JC. 1910. Two new species of African parasitic Hymenoptera. The Canandian Entomologist 42: 222-223. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/Ent42222-7

Yoder, M., Valerio, A., Polaszek, A., van Noort, S., Masner, L., Johnson, N. 2014. Monograph of the Afrotropical species of Scelio Latreille (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae), egg parasitoids of acridid grasshoppers (Orthoptera, Acrididae). ZooKeys 380: 1-188.

http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.380.5755

Credits

Photographs © Matt Yoder.
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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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