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Genus Monodontomerus

Metallic - Monodontomerus - female Torymidae -? - Monodontomerus - female Unknown tiny wasp - Monodontomerus - female Chalcid wasp - Torymidae - Monodontomerus - female Monodontomerus - female Monodontomerus Chalcidoid - Monodontomerus thorpi - female Chalcidoid - Monodontomerus - female
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 Torymidae
Subfamily Monodontomerinae
Genus Monodontomerus
Explanation of Names
Monodontomerus Westwood 1833
18 spp. in our area(1), 44 spp. worldwide(2)
Prominent tooth under hind femur near tip, presumably the origin of the genus name.
in our area, mostly sw. US(3)
hosts in our area include various hymenopterans [bees (Dianthidium, Megachile, Hoplitis...), eumenine wasps], gall wasps (Antistrophus), braconids (Aleiodes)], beetles (weevils of several families, Bruchinae, buprestids), caterpillars [Malacosoma fragile (Lasiocampidae), Eucaterva variaria (Geometridae)], dipterans [Deopalpus contiguus, Tachinidae]; worldwide, a wide variety of insects(3)
Works Cited
1.A Revision of New World Monodontomerus Westwood (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Torymidae)
Grissell EE. 2000. Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 32 (1): 1-90.
2.Universal Chalcidoidea Database
3.A review of North American species of Microdontomerus Crawford (Torymidae: Hymenoptera)
Grissell E.E. 2005. J. Hymenoptera Res. 14(1): 22-65.