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Chrysidine wasps of Africa and Madagascar

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

ClassificationIdentification keys

Distribution Worldwide.
Diversity Approximately 2200 species worldwide.
Biology Parasitoids of larva of other insects or cleptoparasites in insect nests.


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.

Kimsey L.S. 2006. California Cuckoo Wasps of the Family Chrysididae (Hymenoptera). University of California Publications in Entomology 125: 1311.
Kimsey, L.S. & Bohart, R.M. 1990. The Chrysidid wasps of the world. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 652 pp.

Mita T. & Rosa P. 2019. Redescription of Chrysidea pumiloides Zimmermann, 1956, and description of three new species of Chrysidea from Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). European Journal of Taxonomy 564: 1–20. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2019.564

Ramage, T. & Kimsey, L.S. 2015. The Aculeata of French Polynesia. IV. First record of Chrysis angolensis (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France 120: 209-211.


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