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Superfamily Stephanoidea

Black Bug - Megischus bicolor Megischus bicolor stephanid - Megischus bicolor - female Megischus bicolor - female Please help us to identify this wasp. - Megischus bicolor - female Black ichneumon with long tail - Megischus bicolor - female Stephanidae  - Megischus bicolor - female crown-of-thorns wasp - Megischus bicolor - 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 Stephanoidea
contains a single family(1)
Head globular, with crown of teeth around median ocellus. Body slender, usually 5-35 mm long; female with ovipositor as long as, or longer than body. Metacoxa widest at base, the 2 basal articulations with metapleuron widely separated from each other and arranged vertically; long axis of metacoxa in lateral view parallel to that of mesosoma (2).
Works Cited
1.Phylogeny and classification of Hymenoptera
Sharkey M.J. 2007. Zootaxa 1668: 521–548.
2.Hymenoptera of the world: an identification guide to families
Goulet H., Huber J., eds. 1993. Agriculture Canada Publication 1894/E. 668 pp.