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Afrotropical Tiphioidea

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera)





Tiphiidae are ectoparasitoids of subterranean or wood-boring beetle larvae (Scarabaeidae, Cerambycidae, Cicindelidae, Tenebrionidae). The female stings each larva before laying an egg on it.


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Jacot-Guillarmod, C. 1955. Contributions ŕ l'étude de la faune entomologique du Ruanda-Urundi (Mission P. Basilewsy, 1953). Hymenoptera Tiphiidae. Ann. Mus. R. Congo belge 40: 391-96.

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Photographs © Simon van Noort and Hamish Robertson (Iziko Museums).

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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