Figitidae

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Figitidae
Leptopilina boulardii.png
Leptopilina boulardii (Eucoilinae), a parasitoid of Drosophila
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Cynipoidea
Family: Figitidae
Subfamilies

Anacharitinae
Aspicerinae
Euceroptrinae
Charipinae
Eucoilinae
Figitinae
Parnipinae
Thrasorinae

The Figitidae are a family of tiny wasps with a worldwide distribution. Currently, about 1400 species in 126 genera are described, although many taxa undoubtedly await discovery. In contrast to most cynipoids, which are gall-inducing phytophages, these insects are parasitoids; the larvae feed internally on the larvae of other insects. Flies are the commonest hosts, but Neuroptera and other Hymenoptera are also targeted by various species.

Systematics[edit]

This list of Figitidae taxa is incomplete:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buffington,M.L, Liljeblad, J. (2008) The Description of Euceroptrinae, a New Subfamily of Figitidae (Hymenoptera), Including a Revision of Euceroptres Ashmead, 1896 and the Description of a New Species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, Vol 17,1