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Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

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Tribe Cryptini

Wasp - Cryptus albitarsis - female red Ichneumon Wasp - Mesostenus - female 5002792 - female 115411 Aritranis zoesmairi? - female Messatoporus rufiventris 3 - Messatoporus rufiventris - female ichneumon - Lanugo - male Ichneumonid at lights - Messatoporus discoidalis - male Braconid or Ichneumon - Aritranis director - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconids and Ichneumons)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasps)
Subfamily Cryptinae
Tribe Cryptini
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Mesostenini of Townes & other authors
the largest tribe in the subfamily with 15 subtribes and 236 genera recognized worldwide, 11 subtribes and 39 genera with 234 spp. represented in NA(1)(2)
worldwide; more diverse in the tropics(2)
unlike Aptesini and Hemitelini, Cryptini search for hosts primarily among foliage (rather than in the soil or ground litter) and have larger average size(2)