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Genus Brachymeria

Chalcid Wasp - Brachymeria Chalcid wasp - Brachymeria Nomadinae? - Brachymeria Chalcid wasp on monarch chrysalis - Brachymeria ovata - female Brachymeria podagrica Chalcidid Wasp in Tent - Brachymeria tegularis Chalcidid - Brachymeria podagrica wasp - Brachymeria
Classification
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 Chalcidoidea (Chalcidoid Wasps)
Family Chalcididae (Chalcidid Wasps)
Subfamily Brachymeriinae
Genus Brachymeria
Explanation of Names
Brachymeria Westwood 1829
Numbers
26 spp. in our area listed by Nearctica(1), 29 spp. listed by UCD*; >300 spp. worldwide(2)
*Of these 2 listings: 19 spp. are included in both, 7 spp. are only in Nearctica, and 10 spp. are only in UCD.
Identification
Two examples of distinguishing characters include a relatively flat frons (not rounded anteriorly) and antennae insertion at or dorsal to the ventral margin of the compound eyes.(3)
Remarks
This genus includes the most abundant and widely distributed chalcidid wasps; most species in our area are parasitoids of Lepidoptera.(3) Brachymeria have been used for biocontrol as natural enemies of agricultural pests.
Works Cited
1.Nomina Insecta Nearctica
Poole, Robert W. Nearctica.com, Inc.
2.Universal Chalcidoidea Database
3.A revision of the genus Brachymeria (Westwood) in America north of Mexico (Hymenoptera: Chalcididae)
B. D. Burks. 1960. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 86(3): 225-273.