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Family Diapriidae

Little things on oranges: Ant? Wasp? - Coptera - female Wasp ID - Basalys - female Wasp ID - Paramesius Wasp - Belyta - male Wasp being devoured by a robber fly - Belyta Diapriidae? - Trichopria - female Hymenoptera - Aclista - female wasp - Paramesius - 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 Diaprioidea
Family Diapriidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
sometimes treated in a separate superfamily, Diaprioidea (that also includes 2 exotic families)(1)
Numbers
>300 spp. in 35 genera in our area(2), estimated 4,000 spp. worldwide (or which less than half described)(3)
Identification
Body small, black, and shiny; antennae 11- to 15-segmented, rising from a facial protuberance; trochanters two-segmented; wing venation reduced or nearly absent
Habitat
Adults are usually found in wooded areas with decaying vegetation and fungi
Food
Larvae are typically parasites of fungus gnats and other dipterans
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Phylogeny and classification of Hymenoptera
Sharkey M.J. 2007. Zootaxa 1668: 521–548.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.The Diapriidae