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Family Bethylidae

small wasp - Goniozus small wasp - Pseudisobrachium - male Bethylidae: Pristocerinae - Dissomphalus - female Termite? wasp - Pseudisobrachium Wasp - Pristocera armifera Dissomphalus?  Pristocera armifera - Pristocera armifera
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Chrysidoidea (Cuckoo Wasps and Allies)
Family Bethylidae
Numbers
2200 species worldwide. About 200 species in North America.
Size
2-5 mm, rarely more than 10.
Identification
Small to medium sized, usually dark. Females of many species are wingless and ant-like.
Antennae with 12 or 13 segments.


Keys to our fauna in (1)
Range
Worldwide
Food
Parasites of larvae of Coleoptera and Lepidoptera.
Remarks
Some females have a painful sting.
Works Cited
1.The Bethylidae of America north of Mexico
Evans, H.E. 1978. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute No. 27, 332 pp.