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Family Pelecinidae - Pelecinid Wasps

Unknown insect - Pelecinus polyturator - female Unknown Hymenoptera - Pelecinus polyturator - female American Pelecinid - Pelecinus polyturator - male wasp - Pelecinus polyturator - female Pennsylvania Wasp - Pelecinus polyturator - female Pelecinus polyturator - female Unknown wasp - Pelecinus polyturator Pelecinus polyturator - female
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 Proctotrupoidea
Family Pelecinidae (Pelecinid Wasps)
One North American genus with only one species: Pelecinus polyturator Drury 1773 (Ichneumon) (1). Worldwide, there is only one extant genus, Pelecinus, with three recognized species (2):
Pelecinus polyturator (North America, Central America, South America)
Pelecinus thoracicus (western Mexico)
Pelecinus dichrous (South America)
The family was much more diverse during the Mesozoic era (Beetles in the Bush).
Both Sexes: Antennal sockets separated from dorsal clypeus margin. Forewing with vein R forked. Wing veins reduced. Hind wings small.
Female: long, curled abdomen is distinct.
Eastern. ND to TX and east.
Ranges south to central Argentina.
Late Summer/Early Fall.
Prey on beetle grubs.
Internet References
Beetles in the Bush--An elegant living fossil…