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Gonatopus alpinus female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Superfamily: Chrysidoidea
Family: Dryinidae


Dryinidae (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea) is a cosmopolitan family of solitary wasps. Dryinidae comes from the Greek (Dryinus = Oak). Latreille named this family because the first species was collected in an Oak plant in Spain. The larvae are parasitoids of the nymphs and adults of Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera).[1] Dryinidae comprises approximately 1800 described species, distributed in 15 subfamilies and 50 genera.[2][3][4]


The adult wasp can measure from 0.9 to 5.0 mm in length and in some cases can reach 13 mm.[5] The body of the adult wasp has a 'waist' where it is constricted in the middle. The rear legs have spurs which may be used for grooming. The antennae have 10 segments. Many species have a marked sexual dimorphism, where males are totally different from the females in the size and shape of the body.[6][7] Males have wings while females are often wingless and resemble worker ants. The ovipositor is retractable and not visible when retracted.

Life History[edit]

The female dryinid injects an egg into the host insect with her ovipositor. Females may also have front legs modified with a pinching apparatus which they use to restrain the hosts for their larvae during oviposition. The larvae are legless or have only vestigial legs. The larva feeds on the internal structures of the host, and as it grows larger it begins to protrude from the body. It develops a hardened sac (called a "thylacium") around its body for protection. The host is eventually killed and the larva leaves the dead body and spins a cocoon.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Guglielmino, A.; Olmi, M.; Bückle, C. (2013). "An updated host-parasite catalogue of world Dryinidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea)". Zootaxa. 3740 (1): 1–113. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3740.1.1. 
  2. ^ Olmi, M.; Virla, E.G. (2014). "Dryinidae of the Neotropical region (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea)". Zootaxa. 3792 (1): 001–534. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3792.2.1. 
  3. ^ Olmi, M.; ZXu, Z. (2015). "Dryinidae of the Eastern Palaearctic region (Hymenoera: Chrysidoidea). Zootaxa". Zootaxa. 3996 (1): 001–253. doi:10.11646/zooatxa.3996.1.1. 
  4. ^ Martins, A.L; Lara, R.I.R.; Perioto, N. W.; Olmi, M. (2015). "Two new species of Dryinidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) from areas of Atlantic Rainforest at São Paulo State, Brazil". Brazilian Journal of Biology. 75 (2): 455–9. doi:10.1590/1519-6984.19613. 
  5. ^ Olmi, M.; Virla, E.G. (2006). "Família Dryinidae". In Fernández, F.; Sharkey, M. J. Introducción a los Hymenoptera de La Región Neotropical. Bogotá. Sociedad Colombiana de Entomoloia y Universidad Nacional de Colombia. cap. 35, pp. 401–418. 
  6. ^ Olmi, M.; Virla, E.G. (2014). "Dryinidae of the Neotropical region (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea)". Zootaxa. 3792 (1): 001–534. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3792.1.1. 
  7. ^ Olmi, M. (1994). The Dryinidae and Embolemidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. 30. Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica. pp. 1–100. 
  8. ^ Dryinidae. Identification of Principal Groups of Insects. Discoveries in Natural History & Exploration. UC Riverside.

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