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of the Afrotropical Region

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

Banchinae Wesmael, 1845. Type genus: Banchus Fabricius, 1798.


Apophua Morley, 1913


Atropha Kriechbaumer, 1894

Cryptopimpla Taschenberg, 1863

Exetastes Gravenhorst, 1829


Glyptopimpla Morley, 1913


Himertosoma Schmiedeknecht, 1900


Lissonota Gravenhorst, 1829


Sjostedtiella Szépligeti, 1906


Spilopimpla Cameron, 1904


Syzeuctus Förster, 1869


Tetractenion Seyrig, 1932


Tossinola Viktorov, 1958




Endoparasitoids (Koinobiont) of Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera larva.


Clypeus nearly always separated from face, anterior part of submetapleural carina usually produced as a strong lobe, propodeum often with only posterior transverse carina present or carinae absent, female hypopygium large and triangular in lateral view, ovipositor with subapical notch.


1700 species in 61 genera.


Benoit, P.L.G. 1953. Nouveaux Ichneumonidae du Congo belge. Lambillionea. 53(9-10): 76-78.

Benoit, P.L.G. 1953. Ichneumonidae - Pimplinae du National Museum of southern Rhodesia. Bulletin et Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 89: 278-281.

Benoit, P.L.G. 1953. Notes Ichneumonologiques Africaines IV. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 47: 153-159.

Benoit, P.L.G. 1955. Contributions a l'étude des Ichneumonidae africains (Hymenoptera). I. Annales du Musée Royal du Congo Belge, Sciences Zoologiques 38: 1-55.

Cameron, P. 1912. On the Hymenoptera from Belgian Congo in the Congo Museum, Tervueren. Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 56: 357-401.

Fitton, M.G. and Gauld, I.D. 1976. The family-group names of the Ichneumonidae (excluding Ichneumoninae) (Hymenoptera). Systematic Entomology. 1:247-258.

Kriechbaumer, J. 1894. Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae a medico nautico Dr. John Brauns in itinere secundo ad oras Africae lecta. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 39: 297-318.

Morley, C. 1913. The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma, Hymenoptera, Vol.3. Ichneumonidae. London, British Museum. 531 pp.

Reynolds Berry T & van Noort S 2016. Review of Afrotropical Cryptopimpla Taschenberg (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Banchinae), with description of nine new species. ZooKeys 640: 103–137. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.640.10334

Reynolds Berry T, van Noort S. 2020. Revision of the endemic Afrotropical genus Tetractenion (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) with an identification key to genera of Banchinae for the region. ZooKeys 1007: 49-84. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1007.55543

Reynolds T, van Noort S. 2023. Two new species of the genus Cryptopimpla Taschenberg (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Banchinae) with an updated key to African species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 96: 667-696. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.96.104038

Rousse, P. & Villemant, C. 2012. Ichneumons in Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera) species, including 15 new taxa and a key to species. Zootaxa 3278: 1–57.

Seyrig, A. 1932. Les Ichneumonides de Madagascar. I Ichneumonidae Pimplinae. Mémoires de l'Académie Malgache. Fascicule 11. 183pp.

Seyrig, A. 1934. Les Ichneumonides de Madagascar. II. Ichneumonidae Tryphoninae et supplément aux I. Pimplinae. Mémoires de l'Académie Malgache, Tananarive 19: 1-111.

Seyrig, A. 1935. Mission scientifique de l'Omo. Tome III. Fascicule 18. Hymenoptera, II. Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae, Pimplinae, Tryphoninae et Ophioninae. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris. 4: 1-100.

Szépligeti, G. 1908. Hymenoptera: Braconidae & Ichneumonidae. In: Sjostedts Y. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Schwedischen Zoologischen Expedition nach dem Kilimandjaro, dem Meru und den umgebenden Massaisteppen. pp 25-96.

Wesmael, C. 1845. Tentamen dispositionis methodicae. Ichneumonum Belgii. Nouveaux Mémoires de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et Beaux-Arts de Belgique 18(1944): 1-239.

Yu D.S., van Achterberg, K., Horstmann, K. 2011. World Ichneumonoidea 2011. Taxonomy, biology, morphology and distribution. Available from Vancouver, Canada: Taxapad. www.taxapad.com


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

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

Acaenitinae; Anomaloninae; Banchinae; Brachycyrtinae; Sisyrostolinae; Campopleginae; Cremastinae; Cryptinae; Ctenopelmatinae; Diplazontinae; Eucerotinae; Ichneumoninae; Lycorininae; Mesochorinae; Metopiinae; Ophioninae; Orthocentrinae; Pimplinae; Rhyssinae; Tersilochinae; Tryphoninae; Xoridinae

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