Ichneumonidae (parasitoids)

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Rhyssa persuasoria (click on image to enlarge it)
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Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Schlupfwespen
• English: ichneumon wasps
• Español: icneumónidos
• Français: ichneumonidés

Ichneumonidae (parasitoids)

This is one of the largest families of insects with probably more than 50,000 species. Around 30,000 species are currently described. They parasitize various types of insect groups, most commonly Lepidoptera and are important natural biological control agents of pests. The host range of an individual species is often restricted. For example Diadegma insulare parasitizes mainly Plutella xylostella and Campoletis sonorensis mainly noctuid larvae. Some species are commercially produced.

The adults are typically larger than parasitoids from other families, usually > 5 mm, and often brightly coloured and slender. The main morphological feature is the venation of the forewings.

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under the family Braconidae: