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Subfamily Pristocerinae

Bethylid wasp - Pseudisobrachium prolongatum - female Bethylidae: Pristocerinae - Dissomphalus - female Mating pair of Bethylidae wasps - Pristepyris - male - female Wasp - Pristepyris - male Bethylid - Pseudisobrachium prolongatum Bethylidae - Pristepyris armiferus Wasp - Pristepyris armiferus - male wasp - Pseudisobrachium
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Chrysidoidea (Cuckoo Wasps and Allies)
Family Bethylidae (Flat Wasps)
Subfamily Pristocerinae
Numbers
>60 spp. in 7 genera in our area, 23 genera total(1)(2)
Identification
If wings entirely lacking, eyes reduced to a few facets or even absent and ocelli absent. For winged forms, forewing with Rs+M vein absent; metanotum developed medially and overlapping mesoscutellum posteriorly (2).
Range
Worldwide, by far more diverse in Subsaharan Africa.(1)(3)
Food
hosts: wood-boring, soil-dwelling or myrmecophilous beetle larvae(3)
Works Cited
1.Phylogenetic systematics of the family Bethylidae (Insecta:Hymenoptera) Pt II. Keys to subfamilies, tribes & genera in the world
Terayama M. 2003. Acad. Reports Fac. Eng. Tokyo Polytech. Univ. 26: 16-29.
2.Global guide of the flat wasps (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae)
Azevedo C. O., I. D. C. C. Alencar, M. S. Ramos, D. N. Barbosa, W. D. Colombo, J. M. R. Vargas, and J. Lim. 2018. Magnolia Press, Zootaxa.
3.van Noort S. (2004-2015) WaspWeb: Wasps, bees and ants of Africa and Madagascar