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Species Aleiodes terminalis - Terminal Mummy Wasp

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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 Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)
Subfamily Rogadinae (Caterpillar Mummy Wasps)
Genus Aleiodes (Common Mummy Wasps)
No Taxon (unipunctator species-group)
Species terminalis (Terminal Mummy Wasp)
Other Common Names
Terminal mummy wasp
a-lee-OH-deez tr-min-A-liss
Explanation of Names
"terminalis" may refer to the fact that the last 2 segments of the metasoma are black, while the basal 2 are bright orange.
5 - 8 mm
Body 2-colored, orange and black. ocelli small, distance between eye and lateral ocellus about equal to ocellus width. Hind tibia black with light yellowish-white band on basal third. Hind tarsomeres black. Tarsal claws not pectinate. Can be distinguished from similarly colored species by the pale band on the hind tibia.
Across the Nearctic into Mexico. Probably the most commonly collected Aleiodes species in the East.
Female attacks Noctuidae larvae. Host records from Mythinma unipuncta (Haworth), Nephelodes minians Guenee, Spodoptera frugiperda (Smith), Spodoptera ornithogalli (Guenee, and Xestia smithii (Snellen).
Life Cycle
In Maryland, 4 to 6 generations per year.
Superficially similar (coloration) to A. parasiticus, except unlike that species this species has an all black mesosoma.
Print References
Marsh, P. M. and S. R. Shaw. 2001. Revision of North American Aleiodes Wesmael (Part 6): the gasterator (Jurine) and unipunctator (Thunberg) species-groups (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 103: 291 - 307.