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Genus Pentapleura

Pentapleura - 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 Alysiinae
Tribe Alysiini
Genus Pentapleura
Numbers
about 4 described species in New World ((1))
Size
2-3 mm
Range
Alaska and Canada south to Mexico, also found in Ecuador and Peru
Food
Reared from flies in family Sphaeroceridae (lesser dung flies)
Life Cycle
Larval-pupal koinobiont endoparasitoids (See here for parasitoid life cycle information)
Remarks
Commonly collected
Print References
Wharton, R.A. 1980. Review of New World Alysiini (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) with discussion of generic relationships with the tribe. University of California Publications in Entomology 88: 1-104.
Wharton, R.A. 1984. Biology of the Alysiini (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), parasitoids of cyclorrhaphous Diptera. Texas Agricuiltural Experiment Station Technical Monograph 11: 1-39.
Works Cited
1.Manual of the New World Genera of the Family Braconidae (Hymenoptera)
Wharton, R.A., P.M. Marsh, M.J. Sharkey (Eds). 1997. International Society of Hymenopterists.