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Subfamily Agathidinae

Braconid wasp? - Alabagrus texanus Cremnops montrealensis - Cremnops haematodes - female Braconid Wasp - Lytopylus Braconid Wasp - Lytopylus Wasp - female Looks like a Scrpionfly but, it doesn't quite look right... - male Wasp IMG_9969 Small Wasp
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 Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)
Subfamily Agathidinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
higher taxonomy revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Agathidinae Haliday 1833
Numbers
~100 spp. in 8 genera in our area(2), ~2,000 spp. in ~40 genera worldwide
Identification
Keys to genera in(2)(3)
Fore wing M+CU not tubular in basal 1/3 or more
Fore wing 3RSb terminating at wing margin near stigma and distant from wing apex
Range
Worldwide
Habitat
Most terrestrial habitats. Genera Agathis and Earinus are more species-rich in temperate regions. In Agathis and Crassomicrodus, some species tend toward desert habitat. Other genera most diverse in humid tropics.(4)
Food
hosts: Lepidoptera larvae
Life Cycle
Remarks
Among the many species useful for insect pest control in the Nearctic are:
Agathis pumila against larch casebearer
A. stigma and Cremnops laricella against sugarcane borer
Bassus unicoloratus against potato tuberworm
Works Cited
1.Revision of the Agathidinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) with comparisons of static and dynamic alignments
Sharkey M.J., Laurenne N.M., Sharanowski B., Quicke D.L.J., Murray D. 2006. Cladistics 22: 546–567.
2.Synopsis of the Agathidiinae (Hymenopetra: Braconidae) of America north of Mexico
M.J. Sharkey. 2004. Proc. Russian Entomol. Soc. 75(1): 134-152.
3.Two new genera of Agathidinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) with a key to the genera of the New World
M. Sharkey. 2006. Zootaxa 1185: 37–51.
4.Manual of the New World Genera of the Family Braconidae (Hymenoptera)
Wharton, R.A., P.M. Marsh, M.J. Sharkey (Eds). 1997. International Society of Hymenopterists.