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Family Ceraphronidae

Wasp - Aphanogmus tibial spurs Small Wasp Wasp 04 - Ceraphronidae - Boreal Forest SBBG-SCL-TIC_000383 Unknown Wasp Ceraphronidae? - Ceraphron Ceraphronidae?
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 Ceraphronoidea (Ceraphronid and Megaspilid Wasps)
Family Ceraphronidae
52 spp. in our area in ~6 genera, ca. 360 described and ~1000 estimated spp. worldwide; ca. 35 spp. in Canada(1)
Differs from Megaspilidae by:
Stigma small
Single spur on mid tibia
Metasomal petiole broad
Mesoscutum with a single median groove

Females have 9 or 10 segmented antennae, while males have 10 or 11 segmented antennae. Middle tibiae with one apical spur. Large spur on fore tibiae not forked apically. Stigma linear, rarely absent. (2)
Have been reared as parasitoids of Diptera, Thysanoptera, Lepidoptera, Neuroptera. Some species are hyperparasitoids of Braconidae in aphids
Works Cited
1.Hymenoptera of the world: an identification guide to families
Goulet H., Huber J., eds. 1993. Agriculture Canada Publication 1894/E. 668 pp.
2.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.