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Family Tetracampidae

Chalcid Wasp - Platynocheilus Chalcid Wasp - Platynocheilus Chalcid Wasp - Platynocheilus Chalcid Wasp - Platynocheilus
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 Chalcidoidea (Chalcidoid Wasps)
Family Tetracampidae
10 spp. in 4 genera in our area, 50 spp. in 15 genera worldwide placed in 6 subfamilies(1)
Can be recognized by 5-segmented tarsi (at least in females), antenna with fewer than 13 segments but at least 5 funicular segments and a moderately strong and distinctly cleft protibial spur. The posterior margin of the pronotum is very thin and closely applied to the mesoscutum(2).
parasites of Diptera and Hymenoptera eggs or larvae, mostly those that mine in plants(1)(2)
Works Cited
1.Universal Chalcidoidea Database
2.Annotated Keys to the Genera of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera)
Gary A. Gibson, James B. Woolley, John T. Huber. 1997. Canadian Government Publishing.