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Colpa Dufour

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Vespoidea; Family: Scoliidae; Subfamily: Scoliinae; Tribe: Campsomerini)

Colpa Dufour, 1841.

Trielis Saussure, 1863 (synonymy by Osten, 2005).


Subgenus Heterelis Costa, 1880

Colpa (Heterelis, Heterelis) mima (Buysson, 1897) (Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe)


Colpa (Heterelis, Heterelis) expeditionis (Betrem, 1972) (South Africa)

Colpa (Heterelis, Stigmatelis) braunsi (Turner, 1912) (Namibia, South Africa)

Colpa (Heterelis, Stigmatelis) stigma (de Saussure, 1859) (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe)

Colpa (Heterelis, Stigmatelis) techowi (Turner, 1910) (Namibia, South Africa)

Colpa (Heterelis, Stigmatelis) pardalina (Gerstaecker, 1857) (Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe)

Subgenus Junodelis Betrem, 1972

Colpa (Junodelis) junodi (Betrem & Bradley, 1972) (Mozambique, South Africa)


Colpa (Junodelis) loveridgei (Betrem, 1972) (Tanzania)

Colpa (Junodelis) voiensis (Betrem, 1972) (Kenya, Tanzania)


Subgenus Nyaselis Betrem, 1972

  Colpa (Nyaselis) nyasensis (Betrem, 1972) (Malawi)


Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.


External parasitoids of beetle larvae (mostly Scarabaeidae) that live in soil or decaying vegetable matter.


Betrem, J.G. & Bradley, J.C. 1972. The African Campsomerinae (Hymenoptera, Scoliidae). Monografieën van de Nederlandse Entomologische Vereniging 6: 1-326.

Bradley, J.C. 1959. The Scoliidae of Africa. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 23: 331-362.

Brothers, D.J. & Finnamore A.T. 1993. Superfamily Vespoidea (pp. 161-278). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Picker, M., Griffiths, C & Weaving, A. 2002. Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.

Osten, T. 2005. Checkliste der Dolchwespen der Welt (Insecta: Hymenoptera, Scoliidae). Teil 1: Proscoliinae und Scoliinae: Campsomerini. Teil 2: Scoliinae: Scoliini. Teil 3: Literatur. Bericht der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft Augsburg 62 (220221): 162.


Photographs Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Map illustration 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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