|Bethylus hamatus female|
Like most of the Chrysidoidea, the Bethylidae are stinging Hymenoptera, and yet, like many of the Chrysidoidea, most of the Bethylidae are parasitoids. Some of them, however, have developed their parasitoidal biology along predatory lines and they sting and malaxate their victims into paralysis. Then they hide the prey and lay their eggs on them.
The currently recognised subfamilies of the Bethylidae are:
- Terayama, Mamoru Phylogenetic Systematics of the Family Bethylidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) : Part II. Keys to subfamilies, tribes and genera in the world, in Academic Reports, Fac. Eng. Tokyo Polytech. Univ., Tokyo, vol. 26, no 1, 2003, p. 16-29
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