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Melanips Walker

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Cynipoidea; Family: Figitidae; Subfamily: Aspicerinae)

Melanips Walker in Haliday, 1835. Type species: 

Identification keys

Melanips alienus Giraud, 1860 (Kenya, Yemen. Widespread in Europe and North Africa)


Afrotropical, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oriental, Palaearctic regions.


Parasitoid of aphidivorous Brachycera larvae (Evenhuis, 1968; Fergusson, 1986; Buffington et al. 2012); label data of several specimens in BMNH (from Kenya and India) records them as reared from Lecopis (Chamaemyiidae), some with host remains


Buffington ML, Brady S, Morita S, van Noort S 2012. Divergence estimates and early evolutionary history of Figitidae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea). Systematic Entomology 37: 287304.

Evenhuis H 1968. Some ecological facts about two Dutch Melanips species. Entomologische Berichten 28: 175176.

Fergusson NDM 1986. Charipidae, Ibaliidae & Figitidae: Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects, vol 8, pt 1c. London. 155.

van Noort, S, Buffington ML & Forshage, M. 2015. Afrotropical Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera). ZooKeys 493: 1-176. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.493.6353


Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa)

Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS) and Mattias Forshage (Swedish Museum of Natural History) both played an integral role in the development of the Cynipoidea pages.

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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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