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Family Bethylidae

Bethylid wasp Holepyris subtilis - female What am I? wasp - Pseudisobrachium - male Bethylidae? - Goniozus wasp? - Anisepyris - female tiny wasp - Laelius pedatus - female Wasp
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
Explanation of Names
Author: Haliday, 1840
Numbers
~200 spp. in >20 genera of 3 subfamilies in our area, 2200 spp. in ~100 genera of 6 subfamilies worldwide(1)(2)(3)(4)
Overview of our fauna [* –taxa not yet in the guide; adapted from(1)]
Family Bethylidae
Subfamily EPYRINAE
Size
2-5 mm, rarely >10 mm
Identification
Females of many species are wingless and ant-like. Antennae with 12-13 segments.
Keys to our fauna in Evans (1978)(5)
Range
Worldwide(4)
Food
Parasites of coleopteran and lepidopteran larvae
Remarks
Some females have a painful sting.
Internet References
Biodiversity. Images
U. Cal. Riverside. Discoveries in Natural History & Exploration