Argidae

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Argidae
Arge humeralis wiki.jpg
Arge humeralis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Symphyta
Superfamily: Tenthredinoidea
Family: Argidae
Subfamilies

Arginae
Atomacerinae
Erigleninae
Sterictiphorinae

Argidae is a large family of sawflies, containing some 800 species worldwide, primarily in tropical regions. The larvae are phytophagous, and commonly can be found feeding (and often pupating) in groups, though very few attain pest status.

The family is distinguished from all other Symphyta by the reduction of the antenna to a single elongated flagellomere, which is often shaped like a tuning fork in males.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Argidae at Wikimedia Commons