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Genus Aleiodes - Mummy-wasps

Marsh Moth Mummy in Wet Prairie - Aleiodes stigmator Wasp - Aleiodes scrutator - female Parasitoid Wasp - Aleiodes wasp - Aleiodes - female wasp - Aleiodes Braconidae - Aleiodes burrus - male Aleiodes terminalis Ichneumonoidea wasp? - Aleiodes burrus
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 Ichneumonoidea (Braconids and Ichneumons)
Family Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)
Subfamily Rogadinae
Genus Aleiodes (Mummy-wasps)
Numbers
Over 200 species in North America including Mexico.(1),(2)
Size
4.0-8.0 mm
Identification
Can be determined by
cyclostome "mouth." Also see this image.. As can be seen from these 2 images, the cyclostome mouth is defined by the dorso-ventrally short clypeus and the concave labrum, bordered ventrally by the mandibles.
Mummification of host remains. Here and here are examples of rogadine mummies.
Occipital carina present. (See p. 99 in Fortier 2009 (PDF)(2) for image of occipital carina.
Koinobiont endoparasitoid life cycle (See parasitoid life cycles).
Range
Worldwide, with the greatest species diversity in northern Europe, Asia, and North America(1)
Food
Attack and kill various species of leaf-feeding caterpillars; hosts include many important forest pests, such as the gypsy moth, eastern tent caterpillar, forest tent caterpillar, fall webworm, tussock moths, dagger moths, prominents, cutworms, and loopers(1)
Life Cycle
larval koinobiont endoparasitoids. As with other rogadines, Aleiodes larvae mummify the host when they finish feeding on it and kill it, and pupate inside the mummy.
Remarks
A significant number of species have been described by Dr. Scott R. Shaw and Dr. Paul M. Marsh, both of whom generously help BugGuide with braconid wasp identification, and also by Dr. Joe Fortier, who described 71 new species in a new subfamily (2).