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Family Perilampidae

wasp - Euperilampus triangularis small brown-black wasp with textured thorax - Perilampus Wasp - Perilampus Perilampus hyalinus Cuckoo Wasp - Euperilampus triangularis Perilampid - Perilampus Chalcidoidea - Perilampus Bee 691A 5442 & 5443
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps)
Family Perilampidae
36 spp. in 6 genera of 2 subfamilies in our area, almost 300 spp. in 15 genera worldwide placed in 3 subfamilies(1)
1.3-5.5 mm(1)
Usually metallic green or blue, but sometimes black. Thorax is pitted, and abdomen is short and triangular.
Shares some characteristics of pteromalids with a large, colorful, and metallic bulging thorax, but differs in having deep parapsidal sutures and distinctive wing venation with long marginal and submarginal veins and a short stigma. (Comment by Ross Hill).
Usually attack the pupae of tachinids, braconids, or ichneumonids (all of them parasitoids)
Life Cycle
In some species, the egg is deposited on the foliage and the larva is of the planidium type. It mounts a member of the secondary host species, and eventually parasitizes the parasitoid of the larvae.
Most are hyperparasitoids.
Some are primary parasitoids of wood-boring beetle larvae (Anobiidae and Platypodidae) and less commonly of a few other orders.
Print References
Works Cited
1.Universal Chalcidoidea Database
2.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.
3.A handbook of the families of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). 2nd Edition
Grissell E.E., Schauff M. E. 1997. Ent. Soc. Wash. 87pp.