Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Figitidae

Gall Wasp Figitid ex agromyzid ex Baccharis salicifolia - Zaeucoila robusta - female Figitid ex Pegomya ex Rumex crispus - Trybliographa Wasp Small, black wasp with a spine Figitid ex Liriomyza ex Asclepias Memphis Bioblitz 2016 Wasp Wasp in La Habra CA4
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 Cynipoidea
Family Figitidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eucoilinae used to be treated as a separate family
Explanation of Names
Figitidae Hartig 1840
Numbers
estimated 14,000 spp. worldwide (mostly undescribed), only ~1600 spp. in ~150 genera are described(1); 5 subfamilies in North America(2)
Anacharitinae
Aspiceratinae
Charipinae
Eucoilinae
Figitinae
Food
hosts: larvae of cyclorrhaphous Diptera, or Hemerobiidae and Chrysopidae (Neuroptera), or Syrphidae (Diptera); cynipoid or chalcidoid gall inducers; or Braconidae or Chalcidoidea that parasitize Hemiptera(3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Order Hymenoptera. In: Zhang Z-Q (ed) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classif. and survey of taxonomic richness
Aguiar AP, Deans AR, Engel MS, Forshage M, Huber JT, Jennings JT, Johnson NF, Lelej AS, Longino JT, Lohrmann V, Mikó I, Ohl M. 2013. Zootaxa 3703: 51–62.
2.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.
3.van Noort S. (2004-2015) WaspWeb: Wasps, bees and ants of Africa and Madagascar