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For the United States & Canada

Family Pelecinidae - Pelecinids

Pelecinus polyturator - female I thought maybe a wasp, but can't find it. - Pelecinus polyturator - female Large black wasp?  Is this a type of ichneumon wasp? - Pelecinus polyturator - female Unknown Hymenoptera - Pelecinus polyturator - female Pelecinid Wasp - Pelecinus polyturator - female Pelecinus polyturator - female Parasitic Wasp in Yard - Pelecinus polyturator - female Black winged insect - Pelecinus polyturator
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 Proctotrupoidea
Family Pelecinidae (Pelecinids)
Numbers
One North American genus with only one species: Pelecinus polyturator Drury 1773 (Ichneumon) (1). Worldwide, there is only one extant genus, Pelecinus, with three recognized species (Johnson and Musetti, 1999):
Pelecinus polyturator (North America, Central America, South America)
Pelecinus thoracicus (western Mexico)
Pelecinus dichrous (South America)
The family was much more diverse during the Mesozoic era (Beetles in the Bush).
Print References
Norman F. Johnson and Luciana Musetti, 1999. Revision of the proctotrupoid genus Pelecinus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Pelecinidae). Jornal of Natural History 33:1513-1543 (abstract).
Internet References
Beetles in the Bush--An elegant living fossil…