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Subfamily Agathidinae

Cremnops ashmeadi - female Small Wasp - Earinus limitaris - male Ichneumon or braconid wasp - Alabagrus stigma - female A Braconid Wasp (dorsalX) - Zelomorpha arizonensis - female flying insect, red gelatinous body, black head, green eyes - Lytopylus Ichneumon or Braconid - female Female ichneumonoid with long ovipositor - female Pimpla ? - Earinus limitaris
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
~100 spp. in 8 genera in our area(2), ~2,000 spp. in ~40 genera worldwide
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
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)
hosts: Lepidoptera larvae
Life Cycle
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.