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This family, represented in every zoogeographical region, contains in excess of 70 genera and 600 species. Members of the subfamily Agaoninae are exclusively phytophagous. Most members of the Megastigminae are phytophagous, but a few parasitic species are known in Europe. The other subfamilies of Torymidae are largely parasitic, frequently on gall-forming insects. Hosts are reported in the Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera and Orthoptera.
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- Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico. 1979. Prepared cooperatively by specialists on the various groups of Hymenoptera under the direction of Karl V. Krombein and Paul D. Hurd, Jr., Smithsonian Institution, and David R. Smith and B. D. Burks, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Insect Identification and Beneficial Insect Introduction Institute. Science and Education Administration, United States Department of Agriculture.
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Species in the genus Microdontomerus have been reared from cultivated and wild olives infested with Bactrocera oleae (Rossi) in South Africa (Neuenschwander 1982). Detailed information on biology and actual host is lacking.
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Unlike true wasps, ichneumon wasps do not sting people. The larvae of this wasp live off of or even in other insects or spiders. Caterpillars in particular are a favorite prey. The adult animal looks for a suitable prey, paralyzes it with its stinger, drags it to a hole where one egg is laid on top. The host is still alive while the larva eats it up, but eventually die. Some species of ichneumon wasps inject the egg directly into the prey. There are many species of ichneumon wasps found in the dunes. They are also used in glasshouse farming to combat pests. Due to their manner of arching their body, this species is also referred to as a scorpion wasp.
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Torymidae: Brief Summary
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Torymidae is a family of wasps in the superfamily Chalcidoidea. Most species in this family are small with attractive metallic coloration, and females generally have long ovipositors. Many are parasitoids on gall-forming insects, and some are phytophagous (plant-eating) species, sometimes using the galls formed by other insects. Over 960 species in about 70 genera are found worldwide. They are best recognized in that they are one of the few groups of Chalcidoidea in which the cerci are visible. Torymus
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