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Subfamily Banchinae

Wasp598 Wasp oviposits on Encelia farinosa - female Simply Stupendous - male Ichneumon - female Wasp on goldenrod - Ceratogastra ornata - female Ichneumonid from goldenrod stem gall - Glypta - male Home School Field Day - female Ichneumonid - Exetastes
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
3 tribes, with ~1,500 spp. in >60 genera worldwide; ~600 spp. in 21 genera in our area(1)(2)(3)
endoparasitoids of Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera larvae(4)
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]