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Genus Asaphes

Pteromalidae - Asaphes Pteromalidae - Asaphes Chalcid - Asaphes Asaphes suspensus lateral - Asaphes suspensus Asaphes suspensus scutum - Asaphes suspensus Asaphes suspensus host remains - Asaphes suspensus Wasp on an aphid - Asaphes Wasp on an aphid - Asaphes
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 Pteromalidae (Pteromalids)
Subfamily Asaphinae
Genus Asaphes
Explanation of Names
Asaphes Walker 1834
5 spp. in our area, 17 total(1)
1-3 mm
pronotum large, relatively long (anterior-posterior linear dimension)
often, green or blue iridescent coloration at least on mesosoma
6 or 7 antennal flagellomeres between the antennal pedicel and the apical club
Larvae feed on larval parasitoids of aphids and on larval hoverfly (Syrphidae) predators of aphids.
Life Cycle
Hyperparasitoids of aphids and parasitoids of aphid predators in the fly family Syrphidae.