Submitted to: Hymenoptera of Tropical America
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/30/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Members of the family Aulacidae are parasites of wood-boring Hymenoptera and Coleoptera, especially longhorned beetles and flatheaded wood borers, and could play a part in biological control programs.. A chapter is prepared for a proposed book "The Hymenoptera of Tropical America." This chapter includes diagnosis of the family, classification and distribution, biology, and identification. A key is given to the genera of the New World. This book is the first comprehensive account of the sawflies, wasps, ants, bees and their allies for tropical America. It will be used by scientists and students and for training purposes, and it will be a valuable reference for APHIS identifiers for intercepted specimens of Hymenoptera from this region.
Technical Abstract: The Aulacidae, parasitoids of wood-boring Hymenoptera (Xiphydriidae) and Coleoptera (Cerambycidae and Buprestidae), occur throughout trioical America. A diagnosis and sections on classification, distribution, biology, and identification are presented. A key is given for the two known genera in the New World, Aulacus and Pristaulacus.