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Subfamily Metopiinae

Wasp ? - Metopius Ichneumon - Colpotrochia trifasciata - female Ichneumon - Exochus - female Tiny wasp with fat legs What is this wasp mimic? - Metopius Wasp? - Metopius Seticornuta terminalis Wasp - Metopius notatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitoid Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumonid Wasps)
Subfamily Metopiinae
Explanation of Names
Author: Förster, 1869.
26 genera worldwide; 152 spp. in 18 genera north of Mexico(1)(2)
Bulging shield-like face.
Endoparasitoids of Lepidoptera(3)
"All Metopiinae oviposit in lepidopterous larvae and emerge from the pupa." (comment by Bob Carlson)
Print References
Townes, H. & M. Townes (1959), "Ichneumon-flies of America north of Mexico: 1. Subfamily Metopiinae", United States National Museum Bulletin 216(1): 1-318.(4)