Submitted to: Journal of Hymenoptera Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/20/2008
Publication Date: 10/15/2008
Citation: Huber, J., Gibson, G., Bauer, L., Liu, H., Gates, M.W. 2008. The genus Mymaromella (Hymenoptera: Mymarommatidae) in North America, with a key to described extant species of the world. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 17(2):175-194.
Interpretive Summary: Booklice are nuisance pests in homes where they may be associated with books or stored food stocks. They can do considerable damage in museum collections, libraries, stored products, and food processing plants. Certain parasitic wasps are likely attacking the egg stage of booklice and may aid in regulating their populations. In this paper we describe two new species of parasitic wasp discovered in North America and provide a key to world species. This information will be useful to scientists involved in the study and control of booklice.
Technical Abstract: We describe and illustrate the adults of two species of Nearctic Mymarommatidae (Hymenoptera): Mymaromella pala and M. palella. In addition, the world species of Mymaromella are keyed and strong circumstantial evidence provided in support of their hosts being Psocoptera.