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Family Mymaridae - Fairyflies

Another Tiny Wasp - Alaptus Parasitic Wasp 22 (July2010) wasp - Gonatocerus - female Another interesting wasp - Gonatocerus ashmeadi - female Mymaridae - Anaphes - male Gonatocerus - Gonatocerus ashmeadi Mymarid ex Carex leaf - Gonatocerus - female Mymaridae perhaps, #2 wings - Gonatocerus - 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 Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps)
Family Mymaridae (Fairyflies)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
No generally accepted subfamily classification has been proposed(1)
Numbers
>200 spp. in 32 genera in our area, >1400 spp. in ~100 genera worldwide(2)(1)
Size
0.2-1 mm (among the smallest of insects)(3)
Identification
Fairly characteristic in habitus and do not closely resemble any other chalcidoids. The most easily observable characters are(2):
stalked, narrowly elongate hindwing
long clubbed female antennae (filiform in males)
greatly reduced venation which terminates within the first third of the wing (except in Arescon and Krokella)
no discernible stigmal or postmarginal vein
tarsi may be 4- or 5-segmented
antennal toruli widely separated
vertex surrounded by thickened bands of cuticle and separated from the face by a suture
Food
insects egg parasitoids(3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Universal Chalcidoidea Database
2.A handbook of the families of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). 2nd Edition
E.E. Grissell & M. E. Schauff. 1997. Entomological Society of Washington. 87pp.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.