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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)


Austroscolia Betrem, 1928

  Diliacos Saussure & Sichel, 1864
  Laeviscolia Betrem, 1928

Liacos Guérin-Méneville, 1838

  Megascolia Betrem, 1928

Microscolia Betrem, 1928


Mutilloscolia Bradley, 1959

Pyrrhoscolia Bradley, 1957

Scolia Fabricius, 1775

  Triscolia de Saussure 1863




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


Betrem, J.G. & Bradley, J.C. 1964. Annotations on the Genera Triscolia, Megascolia and Scolia (Hymenoptera, Scoliidae) (second part). Zoologische Mededelingen 40: 89-96.

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.

Guiglia, D. 1957. Sopra alcuni Scoliidei africani del museo del Congo Belga (Hymenoptera: Scoliidae). Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 56: 253-262.

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.

Guérin-Méneville, F.É., 1838. Histoire Naturelle des Crustacés, Arachnides et Insectes, recueillis dans le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette de S.M. la Coquille, exécuté pendant les anées 1822–1825 sous le commandement du capitaine Duperry. In Voyage Autour du Monde, exécuté par ordre du Roi, sur la corvette de S.M. la Coquille, pendant les anées 1822–1825. Zoologie, L.I. Duperrey, pp. 57–302. Paris: Arthus Bertrand. Vol. 2. 319 pp.


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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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