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Genus Microplitis

Braconid Wasp - Microplitis Braconid Wasp - Microplitis Caterpillar parasite - Microplitis Parasitized Caterpillar   - Microplitis Braconid - Microplitis Freeloaders - Microplitis Microplitis - female Microplitis - female
Classification
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 Microgastrinae
Genus Microplitis
Pronunciation
my crow PLY tiss
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microplitis Foerster 1862
Numbers
about 238 species world wide (Dicky Sick Ki Yu 2012[cite:1090640])
Size
3-5 mm
Identification
1st metasomal tergite (apparent 1st abdominal dorsum) broadly concave antero-medially; without strong, relatively narrow antero-median longitudinal groove.
propodeum often strongly sculptured, often with at least traces of a median carina.
female ovipositor short; setae concentrated at apex. (Whitfield, J.B. 1997. Family Microgastrinae. In:(1))
Range
Cosmopolitan, common (Whitfield, J.B. 1997. In:(1)
Food
Larvae feed on moth caterpillars, especially those of families Noctuidae and Sphingidae.
Life Cycle
All are koinobiont endoparasitoids. Some are gregarious while others are solitary. Click here for life cycle terminology.
Works Cited
1.Manual of the New World Genera of the Family Braconidae (Hymenoptera)
Wharton, R.A., P.M. Marsh, M.J. Sharkey (Eds). 1997. International Society of Hymenopterists.