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Family Perilampidae

Chalcidoidea IMG_4048 - Euperilampus triangularis Euperilampus triangularis Chalcid Wasp? - Perilampus Perilampus  - Perilampus Perilampus hyalinus Perilampus hyalinus Chalcid Wasp Chalcidoidea - Perilampus
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 Perilampidae
36 spp. in 6 genera of 2 subfamilies in our area, almost 300 spp. in 15 genera worldwide placed in 3 subfamilies(1)
1.3-5.5 mm(1)
Usually metallic green or blue, but sometimes black. Thorax is pitted, and abdomen is short and triangular.
Shares some characteristics of pteromalids with a large, colorful, and metallic bulging thorax, but differs in having deep parapsidal sutures and distinctive wing venation with long marginal and submarginal veins and a short stigma. (Comment by Ross Hill).
Most are hyperparasites.
Print References
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Universal Chalcidoidea Database
2.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.
3.A handbook of the families of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). 2nd Edition
Grissell E.E., Schauff M. E. 1997. Ent. Soc. Wash. 87pp.