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"Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita)

Ich. - Arotes - male Pteromalid wasp? Ichneumon - Pimpla - male Quercus lobata catkin gall Messatoporus rufiventris 3 - Messatoporus rufiventris - female What made this gall? - Andricus crystallinus Small Wasp - Anastatus - female Chalcid Wasp
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon "Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Artificial grouping; traditionally includes all the taxa other than those included in "Symphyta" and Aculeata. Tree of Life and some other taxonomies group the Parasitic and Aculeata under "Apocrita".
Two recently described species of purported barklouse parasites represent another superfamily (Mymarommatoidea) not formally recorded before in NA(1)

NB: There are parasitic wasps in all major lineages of Aculeata, incl. the entire Chrysidoidea and many families of Vespoidea.
Some parasitic wasp cocoons are scattered on hosts' pages through the guide; all are grouped together here
Internet References
Parasitic wasps -- a simple guide
Parasitica In Catalan, with excellent pictures.
Works Cited
1.The genus Mymaromella (Hymenoptera: Mymarommatidae) in North America, with a key to described extant species
J.T. Huber, G.A.P. Gibson, L.S. Bauer, H. Liu, M. Gates. 2008. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 17(2): 175-194.