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Agathidinae sp.jpg
Female of an unidentified genus. The long "face" is characteristic.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea
Family: Braconidae
Subfamily: Agathidinae


The Agathidinae are a subfamily of braconid parasitic wasps. Some species have been used in biological control programs[1].

Description and distribution[edit]

Agathidines are among the larger and more colorful braconids. Diurnal members of this subfamily often possess aposematic coloration. They belong to the noncyclostome group.

They are found worldwide, but are more diverse in the tropics.


All Agathidinae are are koinobiont endoparasitoids of caterpillars. Most attack concealed caterpillars, such as those that use silk to tie leaves together. Most are solitary, laying only one egg in each host caterpillar. Some species are nocturnal, with pale coloration and large ocelli.[2]


Genera placed here include:


  1. ^ Wharton, Robert A.; Marsh, Paul M.; Sharkey, Michael J. (1997). Manual of the New World Genera of the Family Braconidae (Hymenoptera) (PDF). Washington DC: The International Society of Hymenopterists. p. 69. 
  2. ^ Sharkey, Michael (2006). "Two new genera of Agathidinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) with a key to the genera of the New World" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1185: 37–51. 

External links[edit]

Photos on BugGuide

DNA barcodes at BOLD systems