Parasitoid wasps new to Britain (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae, Eurytomidae, Braconidae & Bethylidae)

  • David G. Notton Life Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
  • Ovidiu A. Popovici University “Al. I. Cuza” Iasi, Faculty of Biology, B-dul Carol I, no. 11, RO - 700506, Romania
  • Cornelis Van Achterberg Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Terrestrial Zoology, Postbus 9517, 2300 RA, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Jeroen De Rond Beukenhof 96, NL-8212 EB, Lelystad, The Netherlands
  • John T. Burn 15 Plawsworth Road, Sacriston, County Durham, DH7 6PD, UK
Keywords: conservation, identification keys, invasive species, lectotype designation, synonymy


One genus and five species are recorded as new to Britain: Fidiobia, Fidiobia hispanica, Macroteleia bicolora (Platygastridae); Sycophila binotata (Eurytomidae); Schizoprymnus collaris (Braconidae); and Laelius pedatus (Bethylidae). Keys to British Macroteleia and Laelius are provided. Provisional synonymy is proposed between Macroteleia minor and M. brevigaster, and synonymy is proposed between Laelius femoralis, L. microneurus and L. nigricrus. The possible mode of introduction of Sycophila binotata is discussed. A lectotype is designated for Schizoprymnus collaris.


Askew R.R., Melika G., Pujade-Villar J., Schönrogge K., Stone G.N. & Nieves-Aldrey J.L. 2013. Catalogue of parasitoids and inquilines in cynipid oak galls in the West Palaearctic. Zootaxa 3643: 1–133.

Belokobylskij S.A. & Maetô K. 2007. New subgenus of the genus Schizoprymnus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from Japan, having a unique abdominal carapace structure. Entomological Science 10 (2): 171–178.

Berland L. 1928. Hyménoptères Vespiformes II (Eumenidae, Vespidae, Masaridae, Bethylidae, Dryinidae, Embolemidae). Faune de France 19: 1–206.

Broad G.R., Shaw M.R. & Godfray H.C.J. 2012. Checklist of British and Irish Braconidae (Hymenoptera). [accessed 27 Nov. 2012].

Buhl P.N. 1999. Tillaeg til fortegnelsen over Danmarks proctotruper (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea s.l.) 2. del: Scelionidae, Platygastridae, Megaspilidae og Ceraphronidae [Supplement to the list of Danish Proctotrupoidea sensu lato. Part 2: Scelionidae, Platygastridae, Megaspilidae and Ceraphronidae]. Flora og Fauna 105 (1): 9–13.

Buhl P.N. & Notton D.G. 2009. A revised catalogue of Platygastridae of the British Isles (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea). Journal of Natural History 43: 1651–1703.

English Nature. 1999. Porton Down: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) notified under section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended. [accessed 28 Nov. 2012].

Evans H.E. 1978. The Bethylidae of America north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 27: 1–332.

Fabritius K. & Popovici O. 2007. A catalogue of Scelionidae from Romania (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea). Entomologica Romanica 12: 133–161.

Fitton M.G., Graham M.W.R. de V., Bouček Z.R.J., Fergusson N.D.M., Huddleston T., Quinlan J. & Richards O.W., 1978. A Checklist of British Insects 4. Hymenoptera. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 11 (4), Royal Entomological Society, London.

Gómez J.F., Nieves-Aldrey J.L. & Stone G.N. 2013. On the morphology of the terminal-instar larvae of some European species of Sycophila (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae) parasitoids of gall wasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae). Journal of Natural History 47: 2937–2960.

Gordh G. & Móczár L., 1990. A catalog of the world Bethylidae. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 46: 1–364.

Graham M.W.R. de V. 1992. Hymenoptera collections of Boyer de Fonscolombe, with an account of his work and a description of the natural features of his estate. Journal of Natural History 26: 1089–1111.

Güçlü C. & Özbek H. 2011. A contribution to the knowledge of the subfamily Brachistinae (Hymeno-ptera: Braconidae) in Turkey. Journal of the Entomological Research Society 13 (3): 15–26.

Heitmans W.R.B. 1998. Laelius pedatus: een nieuwe, exotische platwesp uit gebouwen in Nederland. Bzzz. Nieuwsbrief sectie Hymenoptera van de Nederlandse Entomologische Vereniging 8: 14–16.

Johnson N.F. 1992. Catalog of world species of Proctotrupoidea, exclusive of Platygastridae (Hymenoptera). Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 51: 1–825.

Kieffer J.J. 1908 Revision des Scelionidae (Hyménoptères). Annales de la Société Scientifique de Bruxelles 32: 111–250.

Kieffer J.J. 1914. Proctotrypidae (3e partie). In: André E. (ed.) Species des Hyménoptères d’Europe et d’Algérie 11: 305–448. Private edition, Beaune.

Kieffer J.J. 1926. Scelionidae. Das Tierreich 48, Walter de Gruyter & Co, Berlin.

Kononova S.V. & Kozlov M.A. 2008. [Scelionids of the Palaearctic (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae): Subfamily Scelioninae]. Saint Petersburg, Tovarishchestvo Nauchnykh Izdanii KMK.

Kononova S.V. & Petrov S. 2003. New species of egg parasites of the family Scelionidae (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea) in the Palaearctic fauna. Zoologicheskii Zhurnal 82: 603–612.

Kozlov M.A. & Kononova S.V. 1987. [New Palaearctic species of the genus Macroteleia Westwood, 1835 (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae).]. In: Ler P. A. & Storozheva N. A. (eds) Novy e Dannye po Sistematike Nasekomykh Dal’nego Vostoka [New Data on the Systematics of Insects of the Far East]: 93–101. Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Far East Branch, Biology & Soil Institute, Vladivostok.

Kozlov M.A. & Kononova S.V. 1990. Stselionidy fauny SSSR (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae, Scelioninae). Opredeliteli po Faune SSSR 161: 1–344.

Kozlov M.A. 1987. Scelionidae. In: Medvedev G.S. (ed.) Keys to the Insects of the European Part of the USSR vol. 3(2) Hymenoptera: 1110–1179. Keys to the Fauna of the USSR 120, Nauka Publishers, Leningrad.

Kozlov M.A., 1978. [Identification of the insects of the European part of the USSR. Hymenoptera: Scelionidae]. Opredeliteli po Faune SSSR 3(2): 608–646.

Masner L., 1956. Bemerkungen zur Systematik der Gattung Parapegus Kieffer, 1908 (Hym. Scelionidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger 157 (11/12): 234–239.

Masner L. 1980. Key to genera of Scelionidae of the Holarctic region, with descriptions of new genera and species (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 113: 1–54.

Masner L. & Huggert L. 1989. World review and keys to genera of the subfamily Inostemmatinae with reassignment of the taxa to the Platygastrinae and Sceliotrachelinae (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 147: 1–214.

Mayhew P.J. 1998. Offspring size-number strategy in the bethylid parasitoid Laelius pedatus. Beha-vioral Ecology 9 (1): 54–69.

Melika G., Csóka G., Stone G.N., Schönrogge K. 2002. Parasitoids reared from galls of Aphelonyx cerricola (Giraud, 1859) and Synophrus politus Hartig, 1843 (Hymenoptera, Cynipidae). Cecidology 17(2): 76–80.

Morgan D.J.W. & Cook J.M. 1994. Extremely precise sex ratios in small clutches of a bethylid wasp. Oikos 71: 423–430.

Muesebeck C.F.W. 1977. The parasitic wasps of the genus Macroteleia Westwood of the New World (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea, Scelionidae). United States Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1565: 1–57.

Notton D.G. 2006. Genus group taxa of Platygastroidea (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae & Platygastridae) new to Britain. Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 142: 189–232.

Noyes J.S. 2013. Universal Chalcidoidea Database. [accessed 8 Jan. 2014].

O’Connor J.P., Nash R., Notton D. G. & Ferguson N. D. M. 2004. A catalogue of the Irish Platygastroidea and Proctotrupoidea (Hymenoptera). Occasional Publication of the Irish Biogeographical Society 7: 1–110.

Perkins J.F. 1976. Hymenoptera: Bethyloidea (excluding Chrysididae). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. VI (3a): 1–38. Royal Entomological Society, London.

Popovici O. 2007. Biodiversitatea familiilor scelionide şi platigastride (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae, Platygastridae) din estul României. Teză de Doctorat. PhD Thesis, Iasi University, Roumania. [Biodiversity of scelionids and platygastrids from Eastern Romania]

Popovici O.A. & Buhl P.N. 2010. The West Palaearctic species of Fidiobia Ashmead, 1894 (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea). Journal of Natural History 44: 1131–1164.

Schönrogge K., Begg T., Williams R., Melika G., Randles Z. & Stone G. N. 2011. Range expansion and enemy recruitment by eight alien gall wasp species in Britain. Insect Conservation and Diversity 5 (4): 298–311.

Schönrogge K., Randle Z., Hateley S., Begg T., Aebi A. & Stone G. 2006. Cynipid invasions throughout Europe and within the UK. Cecidology 21(2): 73–75.

Shaw M.R. & Huddleston T. 1991. Classification and biology of braconid wasps. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 7(11): 126. Royal Entomological Society, London.

Telenga N.A. 1941. Insectes Hyménoptères. Fam. Braconidae: sous-fam. Braconinae (cont.) et Sigalphinae. In: Sernov S.A. & Stackelberg A.A. (eds) Faune de l’URSS 5(3): xvii + 466.

Thomson C.G. 1874. XXIV. Öfversigt af Sveriges Sigalpher. Opuscula Entomologica 6: 553–588.

Tobias V.I., Belokobylskij S.A. & Kotenko A.G. 1995. Family Braconidae. In: Medvedev G.S. (ed.) Keys to the Insects of the European Part of the USSR 3(4). Hymenoptera, Braconidae. Keys to the Fauna of the USSR 145, Science Publishers, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Van Achterberg C. 2009. Schizoprymnus collaris (Thomson, 1874). Fauna Europaea: Braconidae (online checklist of European species excluding Caucasus). Fauna Europaea version 2.0 [accessed 7 Nov. 2012]

Vikberg V. & Koponen M. 2005. Contribution to the taxonomy of the Palaearctic species of the genus Laelius Ashmead, mainly from Finland and Sweden (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea: Bethylidae). Entomologica Fennica 16 (1): 23–50.

Vlug H.J. 1995. Catalogue of the Platygastridae (Platygastroidea) of the World (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Hymenopterorum Catalogus 19: 1–168.

Zerova M.D. 1978. [Eurytomidae]. In: Medvedev G.S. (ed.) Opredilitel’ Nasekomykh Evropeiskoi Chasti SSSR: Pereponchatokrylye, Vtoria Chasti’ 3(2): 328–358. Nauka Publishers, Leningrad. [English translation: Sharma, B.R. 1987. Keys to the Insects of the European Part of the USSR: Hymenoptera 3(2). Amerind Press Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.]

How to Cite
Notton, D. G., Popovici, O. A., Van Achterberg, C., De Rond, J., & Burn, J. T. (2014). Parasitoid wasps new to Britain (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae, Eurytomidae, Braconidae & Bethylidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, (99).