Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hymenoptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


Adults minute to large; 3–15 mm long.

Head. Antennal segments 13.

Thorax. Pronotum long, extending back to the tegulae. The spiracle cover lobe of the pronotum margined with close fine hairs. Cenchri absent. Fore-wings with a conspicuous pterostigma; more or less with the venation well developed (but reduced apically). Hind-wings without closed cells. Hind-wings with an anal lobe. Hind femur with a clear trochantellus. Hind tibiae without specialised spurs.

Abdomen. The abdomen with a marked basal constriction; long petiolate. The gaster with the first two segments not fused; attached high on the propodeum. Ovipositor of females visibly protruding; adapted for piercing.

Larvae. Larvae with segmented legs; parasitic on hosts selected by the mother (on Cockroach oothecae).

British representation. Species in Britain 2; Evania and Brachygaster.

Classification. Suborder Apocrita; Series Parasitica; Superfamily Evanioidea.

Illustrations. • Brachygaster minutus (Yellow-footed Evania: B. Ent. 257). • Brachygaster minutus (detail: B. Ent. 257). • Brachygaster minutus (dissections: B. Ent. 257). • Brachygaster minutus: B. Ent. 257, legend+text. • Brachygaster minutus: B. Ent. 257, text cont..

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hymenoptera. Version: 16th May 2016.’.