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Megarhyssa Ashmead

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

Megarhyssa Ashmead, 1900. Type species:

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Megarhyssa babaulti Seyrig, 1937


Democratic Republic of Congo.

The genus is cosmopolitan with the largest number of species found in the Oriental (17 species) and Palaearctic (13 species) regions.


Hosts: Cerambycidae, Notodontidae, Saturniidae, Siricidae, Xiphydriidae.


Ashmead, W.H. 1900. Some changes in generic names in Hymenoptera. Canadian Entomologist 32(12): 368.

Hopkins T, Roininen H, Sääksjärvi IE. 2019. Extensive sampling reveals the phenology and habitat use of Afrotropical parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Rhyssinae). Royal Society Open Science 6: 190913. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.190913

Hopkins T, Roininen H, van Noort S, Broad GR, Kaunisto K, Sääksjärvi IE. 2019. Extensive sampling and thorough taxonomic assessment of Afrotropical Rhyssinae (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) reveals two new species and demonstrates the limitations of previous sampling efforts. ZooKeys 878: 33-71. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.878.37845

Rousse P. & van Noort S. 2014. A review of the Afrotropical Rhyssinae (Ichneumonidae: Hymenoptera) with descriptions of five new species. European Journal of Taxonomy 91: 1-42.


Seyrig, A. 1937. Sur les Rhyssini de la faune éthiopienne (Hym. Ichneumonidae). Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 30: 112-116.


Photographs by Pascal Rousse © (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2024. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the World. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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