Hosts of Chrysididae

Last updated on June 8th, 2020

Here you get a short survey on the Hymenoptera Genera parasitized by Chrysidids. The list is mainly based on the data collected for the European fauna. You can take a look at the Hymenoptera hierarchy according to the Vol.134 of the Zoological Record.

The drawings are taken from Yeo P.F. & Corbet S.A., 1983 – Solitary Wasps – Naturalist’s Handbook 3, Cambridge, and from Chinery M., 1986 – Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe – Collins.

Detailed data about the hosts of the italian Chrysidids are in the Database of the Italian Chrysididae.

Order Hymenoptera

Suborder Symphyta

Superfamily Tenthredinoidea

Family Tenthredinidae: Caliroa, Nematus, Pristiphora


Suborder Apocrita

Superfamily Sphecoidea

Family Sphecidae: Astata, Bembix, Cerceris, Crabro, Dinetus, Diodontus, Ectemnius, Harpactus, Larra, Lindenius, Mimesa, Miscophus, Nitela, Oxybelus, Passaloecus, Pemphredon, Philanthus, Pison, Podalonia, Psen, Psenulus, Rhopalum, Solierella, Stigmus, Tachysphex, Tracheliodes, Trypoxylon


Superfamily Apoidea

Family Anthophoridae: Anthophora, Eucera
Family Apidae: Ceratina
Family Colletidae: Colletes, Hylaeus
Family Halictidae: Halictus
Family Megachilidae: Anthidium, Anthocopa, Chalicodoma, Chelostoma, Heriades, Hoplitis, Megachile, Osmia, Prosopis, Protosmia, Pseudoanthidium, Rhodanthidium, Trianthidium


Sometimes it happens that Chrysidids emerge from abandoned galls, i.e. the wood galls caused by Cynipid wasps on oak branches. The presence of Chrysidids testifies that Megachilid bees used the cynipid gall as a prefabricate house. The parasitic interaction between Chrysidids and Megachilids does not involve the Cynipids.


Superfamily Vespoidea

Family Eumenidae: Alastor, Allodynerus, Ancistrocerus, Delta, Discoelius, Eumenes, Euodynerus, Gymnomerus, Microdynerus, Odynerus, Paragymnomerus, Spinicoxa, Symmorphus, Tropidodynerus
Family Masaridae: Celonites, Ceramius
Family Vespidae: Paravespa, Vespula


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Agnoli G.L. & Rosa P. (2024) Hosts of Chrysididae, in: website. Interim version 13 April 2024, URL: