Torymidae

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Torymidae
Torymus nobilis Brit Ent 5521.jpg
Torymus nobilis Boheman, 1834
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Chalcidoidea
Family: Torymidae
Walker, 1833
Subfamilies

Megastigminae
Monodontomerinae
Thaumatoryminae
Toryminae

Diversity
4 subfamilies
c.70 genera
c.960 species

The Torymidae are a family of wasps that consists of attractive metallic species with enlarged hind legs, and generally with long ovipositors in the females. Many are parasitoids on gall-forming insects, and some are phytophagous (plant-eating) species, sometimes usurping the galls formed by other insects. Over 960 species in about 70 genera are found worldwide. They are best recognized in that they are one of the few groups of Chalcidoidea in which the cerci are visible.

Torymidae sp.

References[edit]

  • Grissell, E.E., 1995. Toryminae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Torymidae): a redefinition, generic classification and annotated world catalogue of species. Memoirs on Entomology, International 2:474pp.

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