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Species Bathyplectes infernalis

Parasitic Wasp - Bathyplectes infernalis - female Ichneumon - Bathyplectes infernalis - female Ichneumon - Bathyplectes infernalis - female Wasp - Bathyplectes infernalis - female Bathyplectes infernalis? - Bathyplectes infernalis - female Wasp - Bathyplectes infernalis - female Wasp - Bathyplectes infernalis - female Wasp - Bathyplectes infernalis - female
Classification
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 Campopleginae
Genus Bathyplectes
Species infernalis (Bathyplectes infernalis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Bathyplectes tristis, Biolysia tristis
Range
Of European origin.
Food
Host: the clover leaf weevil, Hypera zoilus
Remarks
Like its host, the clover leaf weevil, this species is a European immigrant. Although it is generally thelytokous (i.e. females only), I have seen males from NJ, PA, MD, and VA. Males are perhaps even rarer in Europe because in a 1974 revision of the western Palearctic species now placed in Bathyplectes, Horstmann did not mention having seen any.
Print References
Horstmann, K. 1974. Revision der westpaläarktischen Arten der Schlupfwespen-Gattungen Bathyplectes und Biolysia (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). Entomologica Germanica 1:58-81.