Taxonomic placing: Insecta, Holometabola, Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea.

Common name: Eurytomids.

Morphology: Adults with a black or yellow hairy body and a large pronotum. larvae whitish, small with a brown head, sometimes hidden by the thorax.

Life history: A family of more than 1400 species of which most are phytophagous, many feeding in seeds or galls. Others are parasitoids, often of insects that live within plants (endophytic).

Economic importance: Eurytoma amygdali is a pest of almonds, whereas Bruchophagus roddi attacks seeds of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.).


Çam, H. 2012. Updated checklist of the Eurytomidae (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea) species of Turkey. Archives of Biological Sciences Belgrade 64: 667-674.

Lotfalizadeh, H., Delvare, G., & Rasplus, J.-Y. 2007. Phylogenetic analysis of Eurytominae (Chalcidoidea: Eurytomidae) based on morphological characters. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society 151: 441–510.

Zerova, M.D., Seryogina, L.Ya., Pavliček, T. and Novo, E. 2006. A review of the genus Nikanoria Nikolskaja (Hymenoptera, Eurytomidae) with descriptions of new species from Israel and Mongolia. Entomological Review 86: 1078-1083.

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