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Mammoth wasps of the Afrotropical region

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


The traditional classification is followed here rather than the work of Argaman (1996), which is likely to have artificially over-split the family at generic level.

Aureimeris Betrem, 1971

Campsomeriella Betrem, 1941

Cathimeris Betrem, 1971

Charimeris Betrem, 1971

Colpa Dufour, 1841


Crioscolia Bradley, 1951


Dasyscolia Bradley, 1951

Extrameris Betrem, 1967

Guigliana Betrem, 1967

Leomeris Betrem, 1971

Micromeriella Betrem, 1971

Megameris Betrem, 1967


Peltatimeris Betrem, 1971

Turbatimeris Betrem, 1971




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


Argaman Q. 1996. Generic synopsis of Scoliidae (Hymenoptera, Scolioidea). Annales Historico-Naturales Musei Nationalis Hungarici 88: 171-222.

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

Bradley, J.C. 1936. Four new species of Campsomeris (Hym. Scoliidae) from the Malagasy subregion. Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society of London. Series B, Taxonomy 5: 12-17. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3113.1936.tb01304.x

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.

Madl, M. 2018. A preliminary catalogue of the Hymenoptera (Insecta) of the Republic of Djibouti, Linzer biologische Beiträge 50: 907-967.

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 (220–221): 1–62.

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


Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Photographs of living specimens © Vida van der Walt (Pretoria), or © Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths (University of Cape Town) (published in Struik's Field Guide to Insects 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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