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Family Chalcididae - Chalcidid Wasps

Haltichella xanticles - male Chalcididae -? - Conura amoena Wasp - Conura Wasp - Brachymeria Brachymeria sp. - Brachymeria Unknown Female, Conura? - Conura SAWFLY - Brachymeria
Classification
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 Chalcidoidea (Chalcidoid Wasps)
Family Chalcididae (Chalcidid Wasps)
Pronunciation
kal-SID-i-dee
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
often misspelled "Chalcidae"
Explanation of Names
Greek chalkos 'bronze, copper' - a reference to metallic color
Numbers
>140 spp. in 15 genera of 4 subfamilies in our area and ca. 1500 spp. in ~90 genera of 5 subfamilies worldwide(1)
Size
2.5-9.0 mm(1)
Food
hosts: mostly Lepidoptera and Diptera, though a few attack Hymenoptera, Coleoptera or Neuroptera(1). Parasites of Lepidoptera usually attack young pupae, while those of Diptera attack mature larvae.(2)
Remarks
The terms "chalcid" and "chalcid wasp" typically refer to the whole superfamily Chalcidoidea, so it is best to use "chalcidid" when specifically referring to this family.