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Mymarommatidae - female

Mymarommatidae - Female
John W. Starr Memorial Forest, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, USA
June 24, 2016
Size: ~0.5 mm
Specimen of experimental sticky trap (5CO: Site 5, Control, Open): 24 June-5 July, 2016.

False fairy wasps…
Gibson (1993) placed Mymarommatidae in its own superfamily (Mymarommatoidea). The distinguishing characters of the family are a 2-segmented petiole (other chalcidoids have a 1-segmented petiole or are indistinctly petiolate), forewing with a reticulate surface (smooth in other chalcidoids) and a marginal fringe of long setae, face triangular in frontal view with mandibles not meeting (round to square in other chalcidoids, occasionally approaching an inverted triangle in a few species and with mandibles meeting except for a few eulophid species), and the metanotum and propodeum without a visible suture between the sections (chalcidoids with a suture). Palaeomymar is the only current genus.

Virtually nothing is known about the biology of these insects, but because of their size, and simple ovipositor, it is assumed by entomologists that they are idiobiont parasitoids on the eggs of various insects.

Thank you, Melissa for this great submission - I was hopeful that someone would find one of these someday.

thanks, Mel -- great addition!

Hey BugGuide! Presenting MS Mymarommatidae
I believe this lil forest fairy will be our first Mymarommatoidea>>Mymarommatidae !
Resource To ID: Goulet, H., & Huber, J. T. (1993). Hymenoptera of the world: an identification guide to families.
Ottawa, Ont.: Centre for Land and Biological Resources Research.
Family ID confirmed by Dr. Jim Woolley. Further determination pending.
For the experiment, thanks to Dr. Brandon Barton, Marcus Lashley, Heather Jordan, and Dr. Tomberlin.
A collaboration of Mississippi State University: BartonLab, Texas A&M University: Department of Entomology: F.L.l.E.S. Lab, and Jim Woolley Lab.

Much appreciated

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