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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Signiphoridae

Minute wasp - Chartocerus Minute wasp - Chartocerus Signiphora sp. - Signiphora - male Fore wing chaetotaxy - Signiphora - male ventral - Signiphora Unknown Wasp - female Unknown Wasp - female Signiphoridae?
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 Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps)
Family Signiphoridae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
used to be treated as part of Encyrtidae(1)
Numbers
~20 spp. in 3 genera in our area, ~80 spp. in 5 genera worldwide(2)
Identification
distinctive characters (SEL fact sheet):
enlarged, undivided antennal club (funicle segments appearing at most like ring segments)
scutellum and metanotum transverse
propodeum with triangular median area (might be mistaken for scutellum)
body strongly dorsoventrally flattened
gaster broadly attached to the mesosoma (no apparent petiole and narrowly joining with propodeum)
No other chalcidoids have this habitus and combination of characters.