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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Pelecinidae - Pelecinids

Pelecinid Wasp - Pelecinus polyturator - female Ichneumonoidea? - Pelecinus polyturator - female pelecinid wasp. - Pelecinus polyturator - female Unknown Insect? - Pelecinus polyturator - female American Pelecinid - Pelecinus polyturator - female Winged Insect - Pelecinus polyturator - female Wasp  - Pelecinus polyturator Pelecinus polyturator - female
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 Proctotrupoidea
Family Pelecinidae (Pelecinids)
Numbers
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 (Johnson and Musetti, 1999):
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).
Print References
Norman F. Johnson and Luciana Musetti, 1999. Revision of the proctotrupoid genus Pelecinus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Pelecinidae). Jornal of Natural History 33:1513-1543 (abstract).
Internet References
Beetles in the Bush--An elegant living fossil…