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Hyssopus Girault, 1916 comparative info return to: prev home
4 funicular segments. Pronotum long, smoothly rounded anteriorly, semiglobose; notauli complete; mesoscutal midlobe with only 2 pairs of setae; scutellum with complete sublateral grooves curving to meet near scutellar apex. Propodeum with a simple median carina, without plicae or costula. Compare with: Elachertus, Deutereulophus.

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1a-b: Hyssopus pronotum (left), and H. johannseni (Crawford) mesosoma (right)

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2a: Hyssopus rhyacioniae Gahan head and pronotum

Biology: Parasitoids of Lepidoptera larvae in concealed situations.

Comments: 15 described species.

Comparative information:

Elachertus: Mesoscutal midlobe with at least 3 pairs of setae. Many or most species of Elachertus have the same type of pronotum found in Hyssopus, so that pronotal form is of very little value in distinguishing these genera.

Deutereulophus: Propodeum with special patch of setae apart from callus setae, in area defined by offshoots from plicae. Median carina of propodeum areolate posteriorly. Pronotum with distinct horizontal collar, not smoothly rounded in profile.

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Schauff, M.E. 1985. Revision of the Nearctic species of Hyssopus Girault (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 93: 1096-1108.

Schauff, M.E., J. LaSalle, & L.D. Coote. 1997. Chapter 10. Eulophidae. in "Annotated Keys to the Genera of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera)". G.A.P. Gibson & J.T. Huber, eds. NRC Research Press, Ottawa.

Image credits: 1a: Schauff, et al. (1997). 1b, 2a: Schauff (1985).