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Bethyline wasps of the Afrotropical Region

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Chrysidoidea; Family: Bethylidae)


Afrobethylus Ramos & Azevedo, 2016

Goniozus Föster, 1856

Odontepyris Kieffer, 1904




Parasitoids of Lepidoptera caterpillars feeding in concealed situations e.g. leaf rollers, case bearers or stem borers, or if exposed caterpillars are targeted they are then stung and dragged by the bethylid female to a concealed situation such as a crevice.


Alencar IDCC & Azevedo CO. 2011. Revision of Malagasy Odontepyris Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae). Zootaxa 2935: 26-40. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.203804

Amante M, Schöller M, Suma P, Russo A. 2017. Bethylids attacking stored-product pests: an overview. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 163: 251–264. https://doi.org/10.1111/eea.12587

Azevedo CO, Garcia R, Gobbi FT & van Noort S. 2015. Insecta, Hymenoptera, Bethylidae: range extension and filling gaps in Central African Republic. Check List 11: 1-4.

Azevedo CO & van Noort S. 2018. Flat wasp fauna from Cousine island, Seychelles, with description of a new species of Holepyris (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae). Atoll Research Bulletin 615: 1-12. http://opensi.si.edu/index.php/smithsonian/catalog/book/179

Azevedo CO, Alencar IDCCA, Ramos MS, Barbosa DN, Colombo WD, Vargas JMR, Lim J. 2018. Global guide of the flat wasps (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae). Zootaxa 4489:1–294. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4489.1.1

Gordh, G. 1986. A new species of Goniozus Foerster 1851 from southern Africa parasitizing sugar cane borer, Eldana saccharina Walker, and taxonomic notes on species of the genus in Africa (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae; Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Journal of the Entomological Society of
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Gordh, G. & L. Móczár, 1990. A catalog of the World Bethylidae (Hymenoptera: Aculeata). Mem. Amer. Ent. Inst., (46): 1-364.

Kieffer, JJ. 1912. No. IV. –Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Series 2. 15: 45–80. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-3642.1912.tb00089.x.

Finnamore, A.T. & Brothers, D.J. 1993. Superfamily Chrysidoidea (pp. 130-160). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Polaszek, A. & Krombein, K.V. 1994. The Genera of Bethylinae (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 3: 91-105.

Ramos M.S. & Azevedo C.O. 2016. Afrobethylus Ramos & Azevedo, gen. nov., a new remarkable Afrotropical genus of Bethylinae (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae). Zootaxa 4097 (4): 495–510.


Photographs by Nadene Smith © Iziko Museums of South Africa or photographs © Magno S. Ramos & Celso O. Azevedo (Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo) or photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


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Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2022. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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