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Genus Myzinum

Tiphiid Wasp - Myzinum - male Myzinum sp.? - Myzinum - male Wasps - Myzinum frontalis - female Possibly Myzinum sp.? - Myzinum - female wasp - Myzinum - male Thynnidae- Thynnid Wasp (Myzinum obscurum) - Myzinum obscurum - female wasp - Myzinum maculatum - female Myzinum sp. - Myzinum - male
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 Thynnoidea
Family Thynnidae (Thynnid Wasps)
Subfamily Myzininae
Genus Myzinum
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Myzinum Latreille 1803
Myzine, Myzina
Numbers
10 spp. in our area, 63 spp. total(1)
Size
7–24 mm(1)
Identification
Key to NA spp. in(1)
Males are very slender with long, straight antennae and a prominent curved "pseudostinger" at the tip of the abdomen.
Males will often congregate in groups to rest in the heat of the afternoon and also when sleeping at night.

Females are robust, with short antennae and heavy hind femora. ("thighs")
Range
New World, most diverse in the Neotropics; in our area, e. half of NA + sw. US(1)
Habitat
Typically meadows, fields, lawns(2)
Season
Jun-Oct in NC
Food
Larvae are parasitoids of white grubs (scarab larvae), especially Phyllophaga(2) and other Scarabaeidae, and to a lesser extent Cicindelinae. Adults take nectar, mostly from Asteraceae and Apiaceae
Life Cycle
Female lays one egg per grub in soil. Larva hatches, penetrates host, first feeding on non-essential tissues, later feeding on essential organs and killng host. Pupae overwinter in soil; adults emerge in early summer. One generation per year.(2) Adult males often congregate on vegetation.
Remarks
Used in turfgrass pest management
Internet References
Barcode of Life Database (BOLD) - Genus page for Myzinum specimens identified by DNA analysis.