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Monographie des Cynipides d'Europe et d'Algérie

Nature volume 68, page 221 (09 July 1903) | Download Citation



THIS is another instalment of the important series of monographs forming part of the great work on Hymenoptera inaugurated by the brothers André. It includes the portion of the parasitic Cynipidae comprised in the tribes Allotriinæ, Eucœlinae, and the commencement of the Figitinæ. The Allotriinæ must be regarded as very useful insects, for they feed chiefly, if not exclusively, on Aphidæ and Coccidæ; whether they ever attack other insects seems for the present to be somewhat uncertain. The Eucœlinæ, on the other hand, are parasites on the larvæ and pupæ of Diptera, and sometimes on small Coleopterous larvæ, and the single recorded instance of their attack-ing Aphidæ is considered by Kieffer to require confirmation, while the known larvæ of the Figitinæ are parasitic on the larvæ of Diptera, Coleoptera, and Neuroptera.

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