: Hymenoptera. : Chrysididae.

The hymenopterans (sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants) are one of the largest of the insect orders, and may turn out to be the largest when also hitherto undescribed species are considered.

Hymenopterans Hymenoptera
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The Chrysididae are a group of cleptoparasitic and parasitoid aculeate wasps with a large number of rare and endangered species. The taxonomy of this group has long been confusing due to the similarity of species and extensive intraspecific variation.

Cuckoo wasps Chrysididae
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