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Subfamily Banchinae

Wasp [or Sawfly?] ID Request - Ceratogastra ornata Exetastes - Exetastes angustoralis - female Ichneumon - Arenetra nigrita - female Ichneumon - Arenetra nigrita - female Ichneumon - Lissonota - female Red-legged Ichneumon - Arenetra - female Exetastes? - Exetastes fornicator - female Braconid Wasp - Glypta - 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 Ichneumonoidea (Braconids and Ichneumons)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasps)
Subfamily Banchinae
Numbers
3 tribes, with ~1,500 spp. in >60 genera worldwide; ~600 spp. in 21 genera in our area(1)(2)(3)
Range
worldwide(1)
Food
endoparasitoids of Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera larvae(4)
Remarks
Related to the Ophioninae, but mainly active during the day.
Females inject POLYDNAVIRUSES into the host during oviposition. Virus compromise the host immune system, protecting the parasitoid. [more]