Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hymenoptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Implicit attributes

Unless indicated otherwise, the following attributes are implicit throughout the descriptions, except where the characters concerned are inapplicable.

Adults not conspicuously spherical-headed and ‘necked’. Insects not associated with galls. Solitary insects; the adult populations comprising males and fertile females only.

Head. Sub-antennal grooves absent. Antennae inserted above the lower margins of the eyes; without noticeable elongation of the third segment.

Thorax. Wings present; the wings not long-fringed; not folding longitudinally. Fore-wings not combining greatly reduced venation with conspicuous stigmal vein; not combining greatly reduced venation with a conspicuous radial cell. Hind-wings not linear and not basally stalked.

Abdomen. The ‘waist’ simple. The abdomen not extremely laterally compressed and knife-like. Visible abdominal segments not highly metallic.


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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. delta-intkey.com’.

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