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Genus Microplitis

Eggs and Unknown - Microplitis wasp cocoon - Microplitis Fern balls - Microplitis Glyptapanteles? - Microplitis unknown parasite on hornworm - Microplitis Microplitis - female Microplitis - female Microplitis - female
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
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Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microplitis Foerster 1862
about 238 species world wide (Dicky Sick Ki Yu 2012[cite:1090640])
3-5 mm
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))
Cosmopolitan, common (Whitfield, J.B. 1997. In:(1)
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.