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Family Encyrtidae - Encyrtids

Encyrtid Wasps (Ooencyrtus kuvanae) - Ooencyrtus kuvanae Encyrtid? - Encyrtus Soft Scale Parasitoid - Metaphycus sp. (new to the guide?) - Metaphycus No idea. - Encyrtus Wasp - Cheiloneurus - female Brown-legged black insect Encyrtid Encyrtidae? - Encyrtus
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 Encyrtidae (Encyrtids)
2 subfamilies, with >480 spp. in 150 genera in our area and >3700 spp. in 460 genera worldwide(1)
It is one of the families with the mesopleuron as a large, convex, cushion-like region on the side of the thorax. You may or may not be able to see... that the middle coxae are inserted at or even somewhat anterior to the middle of the mesopleuron whereas in other chalcidoids the middle coxae are inserted near the hind coxa, much more distant from the front coxae. It should also have transverse-triangular axillae on the scutellum. Other features include a very short marginal vein on the forewing. Note also the very long mesotibial spur. --Gary Gibson

CA fauna treated in(2)
Parasites of an extremely wide range of species. Some attack eggs, larvae, adults or they are hyperparasitoids.(3)
Includes many important biocontrol agents. Some workers treat Aphelinidae as part of this family.(3)
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