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Species Tiphia vernalis - Spring Tiphia

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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 (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Tiphioidea
Family Tiphiidae (Tiphiid Wasps)
Subfamily Tiphiinae
Genus Tiphia
Species vernalis (Spring Tiphia)
Explanation of Names
Tiphia vernalis Rohwer 1924
native to e. Asia, adventive in NA, established in ne. US to NC-TN-MI
Introduced from Korea and China in 1925 to combat the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica). A related species, T. popilliavora was introduced from Japan in New Jersey in 1921-22 for the same purpose. They are both very slow to disperse, therefore, later on some were distributed to other parts of the country. (Mahr 1999)(1)
Print References
Ramoutar D., Legrand A. (2007) Survey of Tiphia vernalis (Hymenoptera:Tiphiidae) a parasitoid wasp of Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Connecticut. Fla Entomol 90: 780-782 (Full text)
Internet References