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Title: Family Aulacidae, Family Gasteruptiidae

item Smith, David R

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/10/2003
Publication Date: 3/15/2007
Citation: Smith, D.R. 2007. Family Aulacidae, Family Gasteruptiidae. Book Chapter. p. 803-809.

Interpretive Summary: Parasitic wasps are potential biological control agents against agricultural and forest pests but also may be of concern if attacking beneficial insects such as pollinators. Two families of parasitic wasps are reviewed for Central and South America. One parasitizes wood-boring beetles and wasps, the other parasitizes wasps and bees. Current information is presented on their taxonomy and biology, and an identification key is given to separate genera. These are book chapters for a proposed book on the Hymenoptera of Central and South America and will be of use to students and scientists. It will be of use to regulatory personnel in APHIS for prevention of invasive species from that region.

Technical Abstract: The families Aulacidae and Gasteruptiidae are reviewed for the Neotropical Region. Aulacidae are parasitoids of wood-boring Coleoptera and Hymenoptera, and Gasteruptiidae are parasitoids or predator-inquilines in the nests of wood inhabiting bees and wasps. Current information on the taxonomy and biology for both families in the Neotropics is given, and keys are presented to separate the two genera of Aulacidae, Aulacus and Pristaulacus, and the two genera of Gasteruptiidae, Gasteruption and Pseudofoenus.