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Family Mymarommatidae

Mymarommatidae - female
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))
Family Mymarommatidae
Numbers
6 spp. in 2 genera in our area.
Only 10 living species in 1 genus have been described, others are known as fossils.
Size
0.4 to 0.7 mm.
Identification
See comment here: "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."
Food
They are thought to be parasitoids of insect's eggs.
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