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Family Platygastridae


Revisionary notes and keys to world genera of Scelionidae (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidae)
By Lubomir Masner
Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada, Vol. 108, Suppl. S97, pp 1-87, January, 1976
The subfamilies of Scelionidae in this reference are now under Platygastridae in Bugguide.

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Parasitic wasps of the genus Trimorus in North America
By RM Fouts
Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 98(3225): 91-148, 1948
Online here.

Includes a key to the subfamily as well.

A new Scelionid egg parasite of the black widow spider
By H. L. Dozier
Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash., Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 27-28, 1931
First description of Baeus latrodecti.

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The black widow spider and its parasites
By W. D. Pierce
Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 101-104, 1938
This article provides first description of Baeus californicus, identified by Krombein, Vol 1, 1160-1161(1) as a synonym of Baeus latrodecti(2).

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The parasitic wasps of the genus Macroteleia Westwood of the New World (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea, Scelionidae)
By Muesebeck, C. F. W.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1565: 1-57, 1977

The Nearctic Species of Duta Nixon (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae), Egg Parasitoids of Ground Crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllidae)
By Masner L
The Canadian Entomologist Vol. 123, Issue 4 pp. 777-793, 1991
available here. DOI

Nearctic species of Scelionidae (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea) that parasitize the eggs of grasshoppers
By C.F.W. Muesebeck
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology No. 122. 33 pp. , 1972
Available online here.

Flowering Plant Hosts of Adult Hymenopteran Parasitoids of Central Illinois
By Tooker, J.F. and L.M. Hanks
Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 2000
A large comprehensive study involving 151 parasitoid species over several parasitoid families and records covering over 33 years of observation and over 15,000 insect visitors. Provides persuasive data that Apiaceae (the carrot family) is the plant family by far most widely used by parasitoid wasp adults for feeding.

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