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Genus Tiphia

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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 (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Tiphioidea
Family Tiphiidae (Tiphiid Wasps)
Subfamily Tiphiinae
Genus Tiphia
Explanation of Names
Tiphia Fabricius 1775
~100 spp. in our area
Anatomical reference by Allen and Jaynes (1930).
Oral or mouth area broad, polished triangular area below base of mandible present, labium at most only slightly longer than wide, maxillary palpi large, longer than maxilla; males with lateral margin of 6th sternum not deeply notched and lateral extension of radial cell usually equal or exceeding that of second cubital (submarginal) cell; females with terga and sterna without terminal polished, impunctate, ribbon-like bands and sternum 6 without a broad, shagreened median stripe.
Forewings of both sexes usually lack the long sclerotized vein that is often nearly bisecting the first cubital cell in Paratiphia and Epomidiopteron.
hosts: soil-inhabiting beetle larvae
Introduced as bio control for the Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica.(1)
Print References
Allen, H. W., and Jaynes, H. A. 1930. Contribution to the taxonomy of Asiatic wasps of the genus Tiphia (Scoliidae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 76(2814): 1-105. (Biodiversity Heritage Library)
Allen, H. W. 1966. A revision of the Tiphiinae (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae) of eastern North America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 92: 231-356.
Allen, H. W. 1971. A monographic study of the genus Tiphia (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae) of western North America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 97: 201-359.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.