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Species Ibalia leucospoides

Ibalia leucospoides - female Ibalia leucospoides Interesting one - Ibalia leucospoides Interesting one - Ibalia leucospoides Hymenoptera: Parasitica - Ibalia leucospoides Hymenoptera: Parasitica - Ibalia leucospoides ibalia leucospoides - Ibalia leucospoides
Classification
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 Cynipoidea
Family Ibaliidae (Ibaliid Wasps)
Genus Ibalia
Species leucospoides (Ibalia leucospoides)
Explanation of Names
Ibalia (Ibalia) leucospoides (Hochenwarth 1785)
Identification
Black head and thorax, and an unmarked dark red abdomen.
Range
NA (much of the US & adjacent Canada), Europe(1); much of the Old World(2) (spread by commerce with hosts on timber? =v=)
Food
hosts: Siricinae (Sirex, Urocerus, Xeris)(1)
Remarks
a member of the nominate subgenus (7 spp. total, all but one in our area)(2)
introduced in the Southern Hemisphere and elsewhere for pest control
See Also
The only other eastern species, I. anceps, has a different color pattern.
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