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Genus Diolcogaster

Diolcogaster - male Small braconid wasp - Diolcogaster Small braconid wasp - Diolcogaster microgastrine braconid - Diolcogaster - female microgastrine braconid - Diolcogaster - female microgastrine braconid - Diolcogaster - female microgastrine braconid - Diolcogaster - female microgastrine braconid - Diolcogaster - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)
Subfamily Microgastrinae
Genus Diolcogaster
Pronunciation
dye OLE coe gas tr
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Protomicroplitis Muesebeck 1922, Protomicroplitis Nixon 1965
Numbers
About 66 species worldwide (Zeng et al. 2011).
Size
1.5-2.5 mm
Range
Cosmopolitan, greatest diversity in tropics
Food
Oviposit in various Lepidoptera, depending on species.
Life Cycle
Koinobiont endoparasitoids on Lepidoptera. Females lay egg(s) inside host caterpillars (thus endoparasitoids). Some species are gregarious (more than one egg is laid in a host by a female), or solitary (only one egg per host laid by a female). Eggs or first stage parasitoid larvae remain quiescent (koino = 'hidden' (Greek)) in the host until a certain host larval growth stage is reached, at which time the parasitoid larva begins eating and growing very quickly. The parasite always kills the host, thus the term "parasitoid."
Print References
Mason, W. R. M. 1981. The polyphylet nature of Apanteles Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): a phylogeny and reclassification of Microgastrinae. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 115: 1-147.

Muesebeck, C. F. W. 1922. A revisiion of the North American ichneumon-flies belonging to the subfamilies Neoneurinae and Microgasterinae. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 61:1-76.

Nixon, G. E. J. 1965. A reclassification of the tribe Microgasterini (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology Supplement 2:1-284.

Internet References
Jie Zeng, Jun-hua He, Xue-xin Chen. 2011. The genus Diolcogaster Ashmead, 1900 (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) from China. Zookeys 129: 49-87.