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Subfamily Labeninae

Ichneumonid - Labena grallator - female Ichneumon - Labena grallator Labena grallator Ichneumon wasp - Labena grallator - female ichneumon wasp - Labena grallator - female Slim Wasp - Grotea anguina - female Labena grallator? - Labena grallator - male orange ichneumon - Labena tinctipennis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitoid Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumonid Wasps)
Subfamily Labeninae
Numbers
8 genera in 4 tribes worldwide; 5 spp. in 2 genera of 2 tribes north of Mexico(1)(2)
Identification
Labeninae in our area can be recognized by their red bodies with yellow markings, elongate mesoscutum, yellowish antennae (with or without black banding), elongate hind coxae, and orange-yellow ovipositor sheath.

Our two genera of Labeninae are separated as follows:(3)
Grotea (tribe Groteini): exposed labrum, vein 2m-cu of the fore wing with two bullae, multiple basal hamuli on the hind wing, shorter ovipositor length of between 1-3x the length of the hind femur.
Labena (tribe Labenini): labrum mostly concealed by the clypeus, vein 2-Cu of the fore wing > vein 2cu-a, a single basal hamulus on the hind wing, longer ovipositor length comparable to the length of the abdomen.
Range
Americas & Australia(1)