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Superfamily Proctotrupoidea

wasp - Proctotrupes terminalis Proctotrupid - Hormoserphus clypeatus - female Pelecinus polyturator - female Is this a ichneumon wasp? We have never seen one of these before. - Pelecinus polyturator - female Vanhornia eucnemidarum - female Black, skinny, insect - Pelecinus polyturator - female Pelecinus polyturator - female Proctotrupes terminals? - male
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 Proctotrupoidea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Several families have been moved out of this superfamily in recent years:
Platygastridae, Scelionidae, and Sparasionidae are now placed in Platygastroidea.
Diapriidae has been moved to it's own superfamily.
Explanation of Names
Derived from the Greek words for 'anus' and 'bore', in reference to the ovipositor. (Ashmead, 1893)
8 Families worldwide, 5 in our area.(1)

3-10mm (Pelecinidae 25-70mm)
Traits for NA families:
Fore wing venation reduced, either no or many cells enclosed by tubular veins (1-7 closed cells)
Almost always with stigma present
Non-metalic (usually black)
14-18 antennal segments (including scape+pedical)
Antennae not on shelf or geniculate

A key to families can be found in (2).
Parasitoids of various other insects.
Works Cited
1.Phylogenetic relationships among superfamilies of Hymenoptera
Sharkey M.J., Carpenter J.M., Vilhelmsen L., et al. 2012. Cladistics 28(1): 80-112.
2.Hymenoptera of the world: an identification guide to families
Goulet H., Huber J., eds. 1993. Agriculture Canada Publication 1894/E. 668 pp.