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Genus Protapanteles

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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 Protapanteles
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
As Apanteles in Muesebeck 1920, as poplaris group of Apanteles in Nixon 1965, and as Apanteles in Mason 1981.
Explanation of Names
Protapanteles Ashmead 1898.
about 3 mm
1st metasomal tergite without a narrow longitudinal groove (but with a broad depression anteriorly)
Ovipositor in females very short
1st metasomal tergite nearly parallel-sided
underside of the end of the last segment of the front tarsus excavated, with curved seta over or just before the excavation
Whitfield, J.B. 1997. In:(1)
North temperate areas and above worldwide; in other areas, found only at high elevations
larvae of macrolepidoptera
Life Cycle
koinobiont larval endoparasitoids. The larvae exit the host larva to form cocoons. Often, solitary. Click here for info on parasitoid life cycle info and vocabulary.
This genus is morphologically similar to Cotesia. It can be distinguished from Cotesia by
narrower base of 2nd metasomal tergite where it meets 1st metasomal tergite (2nd metasomal tergite of Cotesia usually broader anteriorly than posterior end of 1st metasomal tergite)
propodeal sculpturing of Protapanteles shallower, fainter in contrast to coarse sculpturing of propodeum of Cotesia
usually Protapanteles propodeum has no median ridge (carina), while Cotesia species usually do
Cotesia species have no excavation on the underside of the end of the last segment of the front tarsus
Print References
Mason, W.R.M. 1981. The polyphyletic nature of Apanteles Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): a phylogeny and reclassification of Microgasterinae. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 115: 1-147.
Muesebeck, C.F.W. 1920. A revision of the North American species of the ichneumon-flies belonging to the genus Apanteles. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 58:483-576.
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.
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.