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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Sclerogibbidae

What have I got here? - Sclerogibba talpiformis unknown hymenoptera - Sclerogibba talpiformis unknown hymenoptrean different pose - Sclerogibba talpiformis tiny wasp - female Sclerogibba talpiformis? Female? - female Sclerogibba talpiformis? Female? - female Sclerogibba talpiformis? Female? - female Sclerodermus?
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Chrysidoidea (Cuckoo Wasps and Allies)
Family Sclerogibbidae
Explanation of Names
Sclerogibbidae Ashmead 1902
Numbers
5 spp. in 2 genera in our area(1), 20 spp. in 3 genera total(2)
Identification
Strongly sexually dimorphic: female is wingless and ant-like, male is winged.
Range
In our area, southern (FL, TX, OK, AZ, CA)(1)
Habitat
Larvae are attached externally to nymphal webspinners and develop with the host's silken galleries(1)
Food
hosts: webspinners (Embiidina)
Works Cited
1.A revision of the world Sclerogibbidae (Hymenoptera Chrysidoidea)
Olmi, M. 2005. Frustula Entomologica, N.S., 26-27 (39-40), 46-193.
2.Order Hymenoptera. In: Zhang Z-Q (ed) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classif. and survey of taxonomic richness
Aguiar AP, Deans AR, Engel MS, Forshage M, Huber JT, Jennings JT, Johnson NF, Lelej AS, Longino JT, Lohrmann V, Mikó I, Ohl M. 2013. Zootaxa 3703: 51–62.