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Figitidae is a family of wasps. They occur throughout much of the world.[1]

These are parasitoid wasps: the adult female wasp deposits an egg into the body of an insect larva, which the wasp larva consumes as it develops.[2] Most known figitid wasps use fly larvae as hosts.[2] Some use hymenopterans or neuropterans.[3]

The full diversity of this wasp family is not yet known. For example, the largest subfamily, Eucoilinae, has over 1000 described species so far, but this is probably just 5 to 20% of its total diversity.[3]


As of 2011, there are 12 subfamilies.[1]


  1. ^ a b Paretas-Martínez, J., et al. (2011). Systematics of Australian Thrasorinae (Hymenoptera, Cynipoidea, Figitidae) with descriptions of Mikeiinae, new subfamily, two new genera, and three new species. ZooKeys 108 21-48.
  2. ^ a b c Ronquist, F. and J. L. Nieves-Aldrey. (2001). A new subfamily of Figitidae (Hymenoptera, Cynipoidea). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 133 483–94.
  3. ^ a b Fontal-Cazalla, F. M., et al. (2002). Phylogeny of the Eucoilinae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae). Cladistics 18 154-99.
  4. ^ Buffington, M. L and J. Liljeblad. (2008). The description of Euceroptrinae, a new subfamily of Figitidae (Hymenoptera), including a revision of Euceroptres Ashmead, 1896 and the description of a new species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 17 44-56.


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