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Genus Melittobia

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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 Eulophidae
Subfamily Tetrastichinae
Genus Melittobia
Explanation of Names
Melittobia Westwood 1848
7 spp. in our area, 12 total(1)
~1.5 mm
ecto-parasitoids of a wide range of bee and wasp hosts, especially at pupal/prepupal stages
Life Cycle
arrhenotokous parthenogenesis; also, uninseminated females can produce progeny of both sexes.
Intricate life history that involves both female cooperation and variably expressed male siblicidal conflict.
Blind and flightless males. Short- and long-winged females.
Print References
Matthews R.W., González J.M., Matthews J.R., Deyrup L.D. (2009) Biology of the parasitoid Melittobia (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Annual Review of Entomology 54: 251-266 (Abstract)