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Genus Aleiodes - Common Mummy Wasps

Mummy-wasp - Aleiodes Hickory Flat wasp at lights - Aleiodes Parasitized pupa 1 - Aleiodes Mummy-wasp - Aleiodes ichneumon wasp with red and black abdomen - Aleiodes Aleiodes politiceps - male Orange braconid? - Aleiodes Orange urban braconid - Aleiodes
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 Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)
Subfamily Rogadinae (Caterpillar Mummy Wasps)
Genus Aleiodes (Common Mummy Wasps)
at least 90 spp. in North America including Mexico; ~ 225 spp. worldwide.(1)(2)

Nearctic species are divided into 15 species-groups:
1. albitibia-group
2. circumstriptus/gastritor-group (11 spp.)
3. compressor-group
4. dispar-group
5. ductor-group
6. gasterator-group
7. gressitti-group
8. melanopterus-group
9. pallidator-group
10. praetor-group
11. pulchripes-group (8 spp.)
12. rugulosus-group
13. seriatus-group
14. ufei-group
15. unipunctator-group
4.0-8.0 mm
Can be determined by
cyclostome "mouth." Also see this image.. As can be seen from these 2 images, the cyclostome mouth is defined by the dorso-ventrally short clypeus and the concave labrum, bordered ventrally by the mandibles.
Mummification of host remains. Here and here are examples of rogadine mummies.
Occipital carina present. (See p. 99 in Fortier 2009 (PDF)(2) for image of occipital carina.
Koinobiont endoparasitoid life cycle (See parasitoid life cycles).
Worldwide, with the greatest species diversity in northern Europe, Asia, and North America(1)
Attack and kill various species of leaf-feeding caterpillars; hosts include many important forest pests, such as the gypsy moth, eastern tent caterpillar, forest tent caterpillar, fall webworm, tussock moths, dagger moths, prominents, cutworms, and loopers(1)
Life Cycle
larval koinobiont endoparasitoids. As with other rogadines, Aleiodes larvae mummify the host when they finish feeding on it and kill it, and pupate inside the mummy.
A significant number of species have been described by Dr. Scott R. Shaw and Dr. Paul M. Marsh, both of whom generously help BugGuide with braconid wasp identification, and also by Dr. Joe Fortier, who described 71 new species in a new subfamily (2).
Internet References
          *** Wing vein morphology and general morphology of Aleiodes are found on pp. 98-99. ***