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Belesica madiba Rousse & van Noort 

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea; Family: Ichneumonidae; Subfamily: Cremastinae; Genus: Belesica)

Belesica madiba Rousse & van Noort, 2014. Holotype: in Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town (SAMC). Type locality: Gamkaberg Nature Reserve (South Africa).

Holotype female  

Male paratype  


South Africa (Western and Eastern Cape).


Host: unknown.


This rare gem was respectfully dedicated to “Madiba” Nelson Mandela, for the enlightenment he brought to South Africa and the remainder of the World. Enkosi uhambe kakuhle Tata Madiba.


Rousse P & van Noort S. 2014. Belesica madiba and Cremastus tutui (Ichneumonidae: Cremastinae), two entomological gems from South Africa. Zootaxa 3795: 161–173. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3795.2.5


Photographs by Pascal Rousse © Iziko Museums of South Africa. Map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).
  Next genus: Cremastus

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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