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Genus Polynema

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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 Mymaridae (Fairy Wasps)
Genus Polynema
Explanation of Names
Polynema Haliday 1833
27 spp. in our area, >220 spp. worldwide(1)
Life Cycle
Like all Mymaridae, larvae develop in the eggs of other insects.
Most host records are treehoppers and leafhoppers; Polynema needhami from spread-winged damselflies (Lestes); P. pratensiphagum from tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris). (2)
Works Cited
1.Universal Chalcidoidea Database
2.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.