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Family Mymaridae - Fairyflies

wasp (with mite) - male Mymaridae - Anaphes - male Mymarid 1 - Mymar taprobanicum - female Mymaridae, distinctive wings - male Mymaridae? Cosmocomoidea - Cosmocomoidea capitata - female Mymaridae... Neomymar? - Neomymar - male
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 Mymaridae (Fairyflies)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
No generally accepted subfamily classification has been proposed(1)
Numbers
>200 spp. in 32 genera in our area, >1400 spp. in ~100 genera worldwide(2)(1)
Size
0.2-1 mm (among the smallest of insects)(3)
Identification
Fairly characteristic in habitus and do not closely resemble any other chalcidoids. The most easily observable characters are(2):
stalked, narrowly elongate hindwing
long clubbed female antennae (filiform in males)
greatly reduced venation which terminates within the first third of the wing (except in Arescon and Krokella)
no discernible stigmal or postmarginal vein
tarsi may be 4- or 5-segmented
antennal toruli widely separated
vertex surrounded by thickened bands of cuticle and separated from the face by a suture
Food
insects egg parasitoids(3)
Internet References
Boln. Asoc. esp. Ent.. Contributions to the Knowledge of the family Mymaridae.
Arthropod Fauna. Order Hymenoptera, family Mymaridae. John T. Huber, Gennaro Viggiani and Ricardo Jesu