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Gasteruptiidae - Gasteruption assectator
Gasteruptiidae - Gasteruption assectator


Gasteruptiidae
Gasteruptiidae are a family of wasps, which are found throughout the world and comprise around 500 species. These wasps are especially widespread in Australia. In Central Europe only the genus Gasteruption exists with about 12 different species.
In Germany, Gasteruption jaculator and Gasteruption assectator are the most common species.

Gasteruptiidae from the genus Gasteruption reach body lengths of 5 mm to 15 mm. They are characterized by a seemingly elongated neck and abdomen, the latter, being significantly thicker towards the rear, is easily recognizable. The front wings are folded lengthwise.

The adult wasps are mainly found on umbelliferae flowers, mint, thistle or golden rod plants. Their larvae mostly live as parasites in the nests of some kinds of bees or wasps, for example, digger wasps or solitary wasps. The fertilized females lay their eggs in spring in the nests of their larvaeís hosts. This happens near the brood-cells which have adjacent food stores. The young larvae hatch after a few days and start eating the hostís eggs or larvae. Later on they feed on the stored nectar and pollen. Pupation takes place in a cocoon within the hostís breeding cell.
Gasteruptiidae - Gasteruption jaculator
Gasteruptiidae - Gasteruption jaculator
Gasteruption
Gasteruption is a genus in the order Hymenoptera, the suborder wasps, ants and bees (Apocrita), the superfamily Evanioidea, the family Gasteruptiidae, and the subfamily Gasteruptiinae. In Central Europe, there are 12 species of Gasteruption. In Germany, Gasteruption assectator and Gasteruption jaculator are the most common species.
Adult Gasteruption species reach body lengths of 5 Ė 15 mm. They are characterized by their seemingly elongated neck and abdomen; the latter issignificantly thicker towards the rear and easily recognizable. The front wings are folded lengthwise.
The adult wasps are mainly found on umbelliferae flowers, mint, thistle or golden rod plants. The larvae mostly live as parasites in the nests of some kinds of bees or wasps, e.g. digger wasps or solitary wasps. The fertilized females lay their eggs in spring in the nests of their larvaeís hosts. This happens near the broodís site, which is equipped with food stores. The young Gasteruption larvae hatch after a few days and start eating the hostís eggs or larvae. Later they feed on the stored nectar and pollen. Pupation takes place in a cocoon within the hostís breeding cell.

Genera16
Species496
Common namesGasteruptiids, Gasteruptid wasps, Carrot Wasps, Gasteruptiid wasps
German namesSchmalbauchwespen, Gichtwespen
Dutch namesHongerwespen
Swedish namesBisteklar
AuthorAshmead, 1900
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Links and ReferencesGasteruptiidae in bie.ala.org.au
Gasteruptiidae in faunaeur.org
Gasteruptiidae in itis.gov
Gasteruptiidae in dyntaxa.se
Gasteruptiidae in Wikipedia (English)

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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderHymenoptera
Wasps, Bees, Ants, Sawflies, Ants and wasps
SuborderApocrita
True wasps, Bees, Ants, Narrow-waisted hymenopterans, Parasitic wasps, Wasps
InfraorderParasitica
Parasitoid wasps, Parasitic Apocrita, Parasitic wasps
SuperfamilyEvanioidea
Parasitic Wasps, Parasitic hymenoptera, Aulacids, Ensigns, Gasteruptiids, Evanioid wasps
FamilyGasteruptiidae
Gasteruptiids, Gasteruptid wasps, Carrot Wasps, Gasteruptiid wasps
AuthorAshmead, 1900
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