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Family Eupelmidae

Brasema  - Brasema - female Another Unknown Wasp - Metapelma spectabile - female Wings - Lecaniobius - female small wasp - female small wasp - female Wasp Wasp - female Wasp - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps)
Family Eupelmidae
Numbers
3 subfamilies, with >120 spp. in 17 genera in our area and >900 spp. in 45 genera worldwide(1)
Identification
Elongated metallic-colored body with a flat mesonotum, wings with a long marginal vein, some blotched. A long and stout mid-tibial spur, and the fore and hind-coxae widely separated.
Some are wingless or have very short wings.
Range
Worldwide
Food
Parasites on a wide range of species of different orders (Lepidoptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, Neuroptera, Orthoptera); some are secondary parasites(1)(2)
Life Cycle
Parasites of a wide range of hosts; some species parasitize hosts of several different orders. A few are parasites of spiders.
Remarks
Some are good jumpers; this ability is made possible by their capacity to bend the head and abdomen over the thorax, somewhat as click beetles. When they die they usually bend the head and abdomen over the thorax.(2)
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