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Subfamily Ophioninae

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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 Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasps)
Subfamily Ophioninae
Numbers
32 genera worldwide arranged into 5 genus-groups; 37 spp. in 9 genera north of Mexico(1)(2)
Size
6-29 mm
Identification
Ocelli (usually?) large. Females have a very compressed abdomen and a short, very sharp ovipositor. The ovipositor can penetrate the human skin; most other ichneumons can't 'sting'.


Range
worldwide(1)
Habitat
Wide range of habitats. Most species are crepuscular or nocturnal, some diurnal. They are known to come to lights.
Food
Solitary koinobiont endoparasitoids of the larvae of other holometabolous insects, mostly Lepidoptera, although a Nearctic species of Ophion is known to parasitize a beetle larva(3); the most usual hosts are moth larvae that feed exposed on vegetation, especially members of Noctuidae, Lasiocampidae, Lymantriidae, Saturniidae, Geometridae, Arctiidae, and Sphingidae.(4)
Life Cycle
summarized in(4)