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Genus Aleiodes - Common Mummy Wasps

Parasitized caterpillar? - Aleiodes Braconid Wasp - Aleiodes politiceps - female wasp - Aleiodes Brachonidae of some sort? - Aleiodes scrutator - male braconid - Aleiodes malacosomatos - male Aleiodes terminalis - Aleiodes Penny's Bend pupa on Acer negundo 2020 2 - Aleiodes Aleiodes terminalis
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)
Over 200 species in North America including Mexico.(1),(2)
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).