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

Family Sclerogibbidae

unknown hymenoptera - Sclerogibba talpiformis Probethylus sp. - Sclerogibba talpiformis Sclerogibba talpiformis? Female? - female Sclerogibba talpiformis? Female? - female Sclerogibba talpiformis? Female? - female Sclerodermus? Sclerogibbidae from Arizona - female Hymenoptera
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
5 spp. in 2 genera in our area(1), 20 spp. in 3 genera total(2)
Strongly sexually dimorphic: female is wingless and ant-like, male is winged.
In our area, southern (FL, TX, OK, AZ, CA)(1)
Larvae are attached externally to nymphal webspinners and develop with the host's silken galleries(1)
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.