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americanus complex

Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp - Enicospilus Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp - Enicospilus Ophion or Enicospilus? - Enicospilus Ophion spp. - Enicospilus glabratus - female Ichneumon wasp - Ophioninae (americanus complex) - Enicospilus Enicospilus? - Enicospilus Enicospilus purgatus? - Enicospilus - female Genus Enicospilus - Enicospilus
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 Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumonid Wasps)
Subfamily Ophioninae (Short-tailed Ichneumonid Wasps)
Genus Enicospilus
No Taxon americanus complex
Includes 7 spp. in our area:
1. E. aktites Gauld, 1988 (south Florida)
2. E. americanus (Christ, 1791)
3. E. glabratus (Say, 1836)
4. E. texanus (Ashmead, 1890)
5. E. lebophagus Gauld, 1988 (south Texas)
6. E. cushmani Gauld, 1988 (eastern North America)
7. E. peigleri Gauld, 1988 (southern U.S.)
Discosubmarginal cell without the pair of alar sclerites that E. purgatus has

Enicospilus glabratus

Forewing with discosubmarginal cell bearing a cluster of closely interspaced hairs in anterodistal corner (the forehead of the horse-head shaped cell)

Enicospilus texanus
Widespread with most or all species ranging south to Central America, but possibly absent from most of Canada and Alaska.
Print References
Gauld, Ian D. 1988. The species of the Enicospilus americanus complex (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) in eastern North America. Systematic Entomology 13(1):31-53 DOI 10.1111/j.1365-3113.1988.tb00226.x