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Genus Dissomphalus

small wingless wasp - Dissomphalus Bethylid - Dissomphalus - female Bethylid - Dissomphalus - female Bethylidae: Pristocerinae - Dissomphalus - female Bethylidae: Pristocerinae - Dissomphalus - female Wasp - Dissomphalus Wasp - Dissomphalus - male Wasp perhaps Bethylidae Dissomphalus - Dissomphalus
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 Chrysidoidea (Cuckoo Wasps and Allies)
Family Bethylidae (Flat Wasps)
Subfamily Pristocerinae
Genus Dissomphalus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Psilobethylus Kieffer, 1906
Glenobethylus Kieffer, 1910
Thaumatepyris Kieffer, 1910
Parisobrachium Kieffer, 1914
Parecitopria Ogloblin, 1930
Explanation of Names
Dissomphalus Ashmead 1893
8 spp. in our area(1), many more elsewhere(2)
Males: body size usually smaller than 15 mm; hypopygium/subgenital plate not deeply divided into two lobes; clypeus wholly prominent forward, its median and lobe not well outlined.(2)
Females: mesonotum short, transverse, much wider than long; mesopleuron, seen in dorsal view, narrow with only small callus; mesonotum surface below dorsal pronotal area and metapectal-propodeal complex; metapectal-propodeal complex without evident constriction at or near spiracles; sides of metapectal-propodeal complex almost parallel in dorsal view.(2)
Life Cycle
Parasitizes a variety of hosts from Diptera to Coleoptera.(2)
Works Cited
1.Nearctic Hymenoptera other (Discover Life's IDnature guide)
2.Global guide of the flat wasps (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae)
Azevedo C. O., I. D. C. C. Alencar, M. S. Ramos, D. N. Barbosa, W. D. Colombo, J. M. R. Vargas, and J. Lim. 2018. Magnolia Press, Zootaxa.