Elasmus

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Elasmus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Chalcidoidea
Family: Eulophidae
Subfamily: Elasminae
Genus: Elasmus
Westwood, 1833
Species

>210 species

Synonyms
  • Aneure Nees, 1834
  • Heptacondyla Rondani, 1877
  • Cyclopleura Cameron, 1913
  • Austelasmus Riek, 1967

The genus Elasmus is the only member of the hymenopteran subfamily Elasminae (formerly classified as a separate family, Elasmidae), and contains over 200 species worldwide. They are mostly parasitoids or hyperparasitoids of lepidopteran larvae, though several species are parasitoids of Polistes paper wasp larvae.