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Subfamily Cryptinae

Gelinae - female insect - Pleolophus indistinctus - female Ichneuman Wasp Species? Small Hunting Wasp - Mesostenus - male Ichneumon Wasp - Baryceros texanus - male Ichneumon Wasp ? Female, Cryptina - Compsocryptus - female Red and Orange Wasp Maybe Ichneumonoidea - Mesostenus thoracicus - 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 Cryptinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Gelinae of Townes
=Phygadeuontinae of authors
Explanation of Names
Cryptinae Kirby 1837
Numbers
Largest subfamily of Ichneumonidae. Almost 400 genera in 4 tribes, 3 tribes with 765 spp. in 106 genera represented north of Mexico(1)(2)
Identification
Narrow convex clypeus, visible sternaulus, depressed abdomen with the first segment slender basally becoming widened apically, and ovipositor about half the length of the abdomen.
Range
Worldwide(3)
Food
Mostly external parasites of pupae and cocoons; a few attack wood-boring beetle larvae, others attack larvae of Diptera, a few are hyperparasites of braconids and other ichneumons.(4).
Remarks
Some are wingless.
Internet References
Discover Life (NB: This source follows Townes's classification)