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Genus Parnopes

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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 Chrysididae (Cuckoo Wasps)
Subfamily Chrysidinae
Tribe Parnopini
Genus Parnopes
Explanation of Names
Parnopes Latreille 1796
7 spp. in our area(1), 14 spp. worldwide(2)
Parnopes is among the few chrysidids that frequent flowers (most would rather hang out around aphid colonies for the honeydew) and among the most common genera in arid habitats. Lastly, the body is more elongated, with the "tire-like" appearance of the abdomen. Most other cuckoo wasps don't have such exaggerated abdominal segmentation, and the segments are broader and fewer. Parnopes also has a very long "tongue". --Eric Eaton
Internet References
Taxon page [data from(2)]
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.The chrysidid wasps of the world
Kimsey L.S., Bohart R.M. 1990. Oxford University Press. 652 pp.