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Ichneumonidae
ICHNEUMONID WASPS
Ichneumon flies

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Netelia
© John Pickering, 2004-2017 · 10
Netelia
Platylabus clarus, Ichneumonid wasp
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 9
Platylabus clarus, Ichneumonid wasp

Ischnus inquisitorius, Female Cryptinid Wasp
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 9
Ischnus inquisitorius, Female Cryptinid Wasp
Gnamptopelta obsidianator, Ichneumonid Wasp
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 9
Gnamptopelta obsidianator, Ichneumonid Wasp

Messatoporus discoidalis, F- Ichneumonid Wasp
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 9
Messatoporus discoidalis, F- Ichneumonid Wasp
Ceratogastra ornata,
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 9
Ceratogastra ornata,

Theronia hilaris
© Copyright Hadel Go 2011-2016 · 9
Theronia hilaris
Setanta compta m
Copyright Hadel Go 2014 · 8
Setanta compta m

Platylabus clarus, Ichneumonid Wasp
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 8
Platylabus clarus, Ichneumonid Wasp
Ischnus inquisitorius, Female Cryptinid Wasp
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 8
Ischnus inquisitorius, Female Cryptinid Wasp

Campoctonus sp., Male Ichneuomnid wasp
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 8
Campoctonus sp., Male Ichneuomnid wasp
Gnamptopelta obsidianator, Ichneumonid Wasp
© Copyright Sheryl Pollock 2011 · 8
Gnamptopelta obsidianator, Ichneumonid Wasp

Rhynchophion flammipennis, tarantula hawk mimic ichneumon
© Copyright John Ascher, 2006-2014 · 6
Rhynchophion flammipennis, tarantula hawk mimic ichneumon
Rhynchophion flammipennis, tarantula hawk mimic ichneumon
© Copyright John Ascher, 2006-2014 · 6
Rhynchophion flammipennis, tarantula hawk mimic ichneumon

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Coelichneumon magniscopa male
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Overview
This family of parasitic wasps contains an estimated 60,000 species which are classified into 36 subfamilies.

Natural history
  • Ichneumoninae is the second largest subfamily of the family Ichneumonidae. All individuals of this subfamily are internal parasites of the order Lepidoptera. Although females oviposit one egg into either larvae or pupae, the offspring always emerge from the pupa (Burks, 1979). Ichneumoninae are endoparasitic idiobionts. An idiobiont has a wide range of hosts and it eats, kills, or paralyzes the host immediately after oviposition therefore resulting in no continuation of development. An endoparasite feeds internally on its host whereas an ectoparasite feeds externally (Gaasch,1998). Female Ichneumoninae look for hosts on the ground and have short ovipositors, possibly as a result of their host usually being a naked larvae (Goulet, 1993). Adults feed on honey dew of aphids and on certain plant foliage. They have a general dislike of intense amounts of heat and sunlight and therefore are not usually found during the middle of the day (Heinrich, 1977).

References
  • Goulet, Henri, John T. Huber. 1993. Hymenoptera of the World: An Identification Guide to Families. Centre for Land and Biological Resources Research. Ottowa, Ontario.
  • Heinrich, Gerd H. Ichneumoninae of Florida and Neighboring States. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Gainsville, Florida.
  • Burks, B.D., Paul D. Hurd, Jr. Karl V. Krombein, and David P. Smith. 1979. Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington, D.C.
  • Gaasch, Christine M., Clinton T. Moore, and John Pickering. 1998. "Flight Phenology of Parasitic Wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) in Georgia's Piedmont". Community and Ecosystem Ecology.

Acknowledgements
I would like to thank everyone in Dr. John Pickering's lab who helped me to build this page. Special thanks to Bryan McLucas, Elizabeth Skillen, and Ryan Bartlett for their knowlege and tolerance.

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Hosts · map
FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Apiaceae  Daucus carota @ PN- (5)
Asteraceae  Symphyotrichum pilosum @ PN- (1)
Convolvulaceae  Convolvulus arvensis @ PN- (1)
Fabaceae  Trifolium pratense @ PN- (1)
Polygonaceae  Polygonum cespitosum @ PN- (1)
_  M Spring @ PN- (1)

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