Seed Chalcid Wasp

Seed Chalcid Wasp, Eurytomidae image from West Virginia



Family: Eurytomidae

Length: 1.5 - 9.0 mm in the family


Eurytomidae is a family of wasps generally black or brown, sometimes with yellow. A few species have greenish or reddish metallic coloration. The wasps' bodies are heavily sclerotized, and usually punctate. Antennae have nine to thirteen antennomeres.

The family is found worldwide and contains about 87 genera and 1500 species.

Various taxa in Eurytomidae are parasitoids on larvae or pupae of Coleoptera, Diptera, or other Hymenoptera. A few species parasitize Lepidoptera, or the eggs of Heteroptera or Orthoptera (Hanson and Gauld 2006).

Photo data: 29 April 2012. Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia.

GPS data: 39.0721, -80.2443. Elevation 353 meters above sea level.

This page at present is our only page for family Eurytomidae