braconid wasp

(Family Braconidae)

Overview
braconid wasp (Family Braconidae)
Photo by Alfredo Colon
 

Braconidae is a very large family of Ichneumonoid wasps. There are about 17,000 recognized species worldwide and more than that as yet undescribed. Estimates of the total number of species vary widely but it may be between 20,000 and 50,000, or, according to one taxonomist, 120,000. There are about 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 293 species in Minnesota.

Most braconids are parasites of other insects or spiders, and most of these kill their hosts. Some create galls on plants.

     
           
 
Description
 
 

Adult braconids vary in size from 116 to (2 to 15 mm) in length. Most are brownish or black, sometimes with reddish markings, but not brightly colored. They are very similar in appearance to ichneumons (Family Ichneumonidae). They differ in having no recurrent veins or just a single recurrent vein on the forewing.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 27, 29, 30, 82.

 
  8/26/2021      
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)  
 

Suborder

Apocrita (ants, bees, true wasps)  
 

Infraorder

Terebrantes  
 

Superfamily

Ichneumonoidea (braconids and ichneumons)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Subfamily Acampsohelconinae

Subfamily Agathidinae

Subfamily Alysiinae

Subfamily Aphidiinae

Subfamily Brachistinae

Subfamily Braconinae

Subfamily Cardiochilinae

Subfamily Cenocoeliinae

Subfamily Charmontinae

Subfamily Cheloninae

Subfamily Doryctinae

Subfamily Euphorinae

Subfamily Exothecinae

Subfamily Gnamptodontinae

Subfamily Helconinae

Subfamily Histeromerinae

Subfamily Homolobinae

Subfamily Ichneutinae

Subfamily Macrocentrinae

Subfamily Mendesellinae

Subfamily Meteorinae

Subfamily Microgastrinae

Subfamily Miracinae

Subfamily Opiinae

Subfamily Orgilinae

Subfamily Pambolinae

Subfamily Rogadinae (mummy wasps)

Subfamily Rhyssalinae

Subfamily Sigalphinae

 
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

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  Alfredo Colon
8/2/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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Created: 6/8/2019

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