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Wasp in amber

Wasp in amber.

A wasp is any insect of the narrow-waisted suborder Apocrita of the order Hymenoptera which is neither a bee nor an ant; this excludes the broad-waisted sawflies (Symphyta), which look somewhat like wasps, but are in a separate suborder. The wasps do not constitute a clade, a complete natural group with a single ancestor, as bees and ants are deeply nested within the wasps, having evolved from wasp ancestors. Wasps that are members of the clade Aculeata can sting their prey.
wasp in amber

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wasp in amber

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wasp in amber

Hymenoptera (39f., 62g., 75sp.)

Ampulicidae= The Ampulicidae, or cockroach wasps, are a small (about 170 species), primarily tropical family of sphecoid wasps, all of which use various cockroaches as prey

Apodolichurus diaphanus Antropov, 2000

Apodolichurus sphaerocephalus Antropov, 2000

Cretampulex gracilis Antropov, 2000

Mendampulex monilicularis Antropov, 2000

†Aptenoperissidae (extinct wasps)

Aptenoperissus burmanicus Rasnitsyn & Poinar, 2016

Bethylidae - The Bethylidae are a family of aculeate wasps in the superfamily Chrysidoidea. As a family, their biology ranges between parasitoid wasps and hunting wasps.

Apenesia electriphila Cockerell, 1917

Bethylitella cylindrella Cockerell, 1917

Epyris atavellus Cockerell, 1920

Sclerodermus quadridentatum Cockerell, 1917


Archaeorhyssalus subsolanus Engel, 2016

Rhetinorhyssalus morticinus Engel, 2016


Bryopompilus interfector Engel & Grimaldi, 2006

Chalcididae - The Chalcididae are a moderate-sized family within the Chalcidoidea, composed mostly of parasitoids and a few hyperparasitoids.


Burmastatus triangularis Antropov, 2000

Cretospilomena familiaris Antropov, 2000

Prolemistus apiformis Antropov, 2000



Burmadryinus cenomanianus Olmi, Xu & Guglielmino, 2014

Burmanteon olmii Engel, 2003

Hybristodryinus resinicolus Engel, 2005

Ponomarenkoa ellenbergeri Olmi, Xu & He, 2013

Pseudodryinus burmensis Olmi, Xu & Guglielmino, 2014


Ampulicomorpha janzeni Olmi, Rasnitsyn, Brothers & Guglielmino, 2014


Cretevania bechlyi Jennings, Krogmann & Mew, 2013

Mesevania swinhoei Basibuyuk & Rasnitsyn, 2000

Sorellevania deansi Engel, 2006



Galloroma kachinensis Engel & Grimaldi, 2007

Gasteruptiidae (=Aulacidae)

Electrofoenus gracilipes Cockerell, 1917

Hypselogastrion simplex Engel & Wang, 2016

Hyptiogastrites electrinus Cockerell, 1917

Protofoenus swinhoei Cockerell, 1917


Caloichneumon perrarus Li, Kopylov, Shih & Ren, 2016

Novichneumon longus Li, Kopylov, Shih & Ren, 2016


Burmaimetsha concava Perrichot, 2013

Maimetshasia kachinensis Perrichot, 2013




Melittosphex burmensis Poinar & Danforth, 2006


Myanmymar aresconoides Huber, 2011


Archaeromma gibsoni Engel & Grimaldi, 2007


Othniodellitha mantichora Engel & Huang, 2016


Abropelecinus tytthus Guo, Shih & Ren, 2016

Brachypelecinus euthyntus Guo, Shih & Ren, 2016

Zoropelecinus zigrasi Engel & Grimaldi, 2013


Cascoscelio incassus Poinar & Buckley, 2011


Habraulacus zhaoi Li, Rasnitsyn, Shih & Ren, 2015


Eorhopalosoma goryra Engel, 2008


Cretosapyga resincola Bennett & Engel, 2005


Geoscelio mckellari Engel & Huang, 2016


Siccibythus musculosus Cockx & McKellar, 2016


Serphites sp.



Diaspathion ortegai Engel & Huang, 2015



Kronostephanus zigrasi Engel & Grimaldi, 2013

Phoriostephanus exilis Engel & Huang, 2016


Burmaphron tridentatum Engel & Grimaldi, 2009

Burmaphron prolatum Engel & Grimaldi, 2009


Syspastoxyela rhaphidia Engel & Huang, 2016


Thanatotiphia nyx Engel, Ortega-Blanco & Bennett, 2009


Family incertae sedis

Cirrosphex admirabilis Antropov, 2000

Trigampulex pervetus (Cockerell, 1917)

Antropov, A.V. 2000. Digger wasps (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae) in Burmese amber. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, Geology Series, 56(1): 59-77.

Basibuyuk, H.H., Rasnitsyn, A.P., Fitton, M.G. & Quicke, D.L.J. 2000. An archaic new genus of Evaniidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) and implications for the biology of ancestral evanioids. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, Geology Series, 56 (1), 53-58.

Bennett, D.J. & Engel, M.S. 2005. A primitive sapygid wasp in Burmese amber (Hymenoptera: Sapygidae). Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia, 48B, 1-9.

Engel, M.S. & Grimaldi, D.A. 2006b. The first Cretaceous spider wasp (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 79(4), 359-368.

Engel, M.S. & Grimaldi, D.A. 2007. New false fairy wasps in Cretaceous amber from New Jersey and Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Mymarommatoidea). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 110, 159-168.

Perrichot, V. 2013. New maimetshid wasps in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Annales de Paléontologie, 99, 67-77.

Ohl, M. 2004. The first fossil representative of the wasp genus Dolichurus, with a review of fossil Ampulicidae (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 77(4), 332-342.

Olmi, M., Rasnitsyn, A.P., Brothers, D.J. & Guglielmino, A. 2014. The first fossil Embolemidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) from Burmese amber (Myanmar) and Orapa Kimberlitic deposits (Botswana) and their phylogenetic significance. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 12 (6), 623-635. Corrigendum, p. 759.

Olmi, M., Xu, Z. & Guglielmino, A. 2014. Descriptions of new fossil taxa of Dryinidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) from Burmese amber (Myanmar). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 54 (2), 703-714.

Li, L., Kopylov, D.S., Shih, C. & Ren, D. 2016 (on-line). The first record of Ichneumonidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) from the Upper Cretaceous of Myanmar. Cretaceous Research, 70, 152-162.

Li, L., Rasnitsyn, A.P., Shih, C. & Ren, D. 2015. A new genus and species of Praeaulacidae (Hymenoptera: Evanioidea) from Upper Cretaceous Myanmar amber. Cretaceous Research, 55, 19-24.

Jennings, J.T., Austin, A.D. & Stevens, N.B. 2004. Hyptiogastrites electrinus Cockerell, 1917, from Myanmar (Burmese) amber: redescription and its placement within the Evanioidea (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 2(2), 127-132.

Jennings, J.T., Krogmann, L. & Mew, S.L. 2013. Cretevania bechlyi sp. nov. from Cretaceous Burmese amber (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae). Zootaxa, 3609(1), 91-95.

Engel, M.S. & Wang, B. 2016a. The first Oriental protorhyssaline wasp (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): A

new genus and species in Upper Cretaceous amber from Myanmar. Cretaceous Research, 63, 28-32.

Engel, M.S. & Wang, B. 2016b. A plesiomorphic gasteruptiid wasp in Cenomanian amber from

Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Gasteruptiidae). Cretaceous Research, 63, 177-182.

Engel, M.S., Ortega-Blanco, J. & Bennett, D.J. 2009. A remarkable tiphiiform wasp in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 112, 1-6.

Engel, M.S., Huang, D., Alqarni, A.S. & Cai, C. 2016a. A remarkable evanioid wasp in mid-Cretaceous amber from northern Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Evanioidea). Cretaceous Research, 60, 121-127.

Engel, M.S., Huang, D., Alqarni, A.S. & Cai, C. 2016b. An unusual new lineage of sawflies (Hymenoptera) in Upper Cretaceous amber from northern Myanmar. Cretaceous Research, 60, 281-286.

Engel, M.S., Huang, D., Alqarni, A.S., Cai, C., Alvarado, M., Breitkreuz, L.C.V. & Azar, D. 2016 (on-line). An apterous scelionid wasp in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae). Comptes Rendus Palevol, 16, 5-11.

Engel, M.S., Huang, D., Azar, D., Nel, A., Davis, S.R., Alvarado, M. & Breitkreuz, L.C.V. 2015. The wasp family Spathiopterygidae in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Diaprioidea). Comptes Rendus Palevol, 14 (2), 95-100.

Engel, M.S., Grimaldi, D.A. & Ortega-Blanco, J. 2013a. A stephanid wasp in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Hymenoptera: Stephanidae), with comments on the antiquity of the hymenopteran radiation. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 86 (3), 244-252.

Engel, M.S., Grimaldi, D.A. & Ortega-Blanco, J. 2013b. Zoropelecinus zigrasi, a pelecinid wasp in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Pelecinidae). Novitates Paleoentomologicae, No. 4, 10pp.

Engel, M.S. & Huang, D. 2016 (on-line). A new crown wasp in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Stephanidae). Cretaceous Research, 69, 56-61.

Engel, M.S. & Grimaldi, D.A. 2009. Diversity and phylogeny of the Mesozoic wasp family Stigmaphronidae (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronidae). Denisia, 26, 53-86.

Engel, M.S. 2016a. Notes on Cretaceous amber Braconidae (Hymenoptera), with descriptions of two new genera. Novitates Paleoentomologicae, No. 15, 7pp.

Engel, M.S. 2008a. The wasp family Rhopalosomatidae in Mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Vespidoidea). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 81(3), 168-174.

Engel, M.S. 2003. An anteonine wasp in Cenomanian-Albian amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Dryinidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 76, 616-621.

Cockx, P.F.D. & McKellar, R.C. 2016. First record of the family Scolebythidae (Hymenoptera) in

mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar. Cretaceous Research, 67, 133-139.

Rasnitsyn, A.P., Poinar, G.Jr. & Brown, A.E. 2016 (on-line). Bizzare wingless parasitic wasp from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Hymenoptera, Ceraphronoidea, Aptenoperissidae fam. nov.). Cretaceous Research, 69, 113-118.

Poinar G.Jr. & Huber, J.T. 2011. A new genus of fossil Mymaridae (Hymenoptera) from Cretaceous amber and key to Cretaceous mymarid genera. Zookeys, 130, 461-472.

Poinar, G.O.Jr. 2009b. Melittosphex (Hymenoptera: Melittosphecidae), a primitive bee and not a wasp. Palaeontology, 52(2), 483.

Guo, L., Shih, C., Li, L. & Ren, D. 2016. New pelecinid wasps (Hymenoptera: Pelecinidae) from Upper

Cretaceous Myanmar amber. Cretaceous Research, 67, 84-90.

Engel, M.S. 2005. A dryinine wasp in Burmese amber (Hymenoptera: Dryinidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne, 74(4), 485-494.

Engel, M.S. 2006. Two ensign wasps in Cretaceous amber from New Jersey and Myanmar. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne, 75(3), 443-454.

Poinar, G.O.Jr. & Shaw, S.R. 2016. Endoparasitism of a Cretaceous adult weevil by a euphorine wasp

Poinar, G.O.Jr. 2016. A mid-Cretaceous Eccrinales infesting a primitive wasp in Myanmar amber. Fungal Biology, 120(12), 1537-1539.

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