Oklahoma State University


Checklist of the Hymenoptera of Oklahoma

Most families of Hymenoptera in Oklahoma are rather poorly known. Only the Formicidae (ants) and Vespidae (paper wasps and yellowjackets) have been studied in depth. The Mutillidae (velvet ants) and some of the very small families have been partially studied. Rearing of parasitic species has been limited mostly to some economic species of aphids and caterpillars and the alfalfa weevil.

The following checklist is based primarily on the most recent catalog of hymenoptera (Krombein et al., 1979) and the OSU Collection. The literature cited is mostly locally produced papers and others that were readily available. More extensive literature searches would certainly add many more species.

The checklist contains records of 62 families of hymenoptera known to occur in Oklahoma. Slightly over 500 genera and less than 1100 species are recorded. There are known to be over 17500 species in North America so these totals may be less than one - half of the species which actually occur here.

Corrections, additions or comments would be very welcome, please contact:


Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Oklahoma State University
127 NRC
Stillwater, OK 74078
Tel: (405) 744-5527
e-mail phil.mulder@okstate.edu

Checklist and Bibliography of Oklahoma Hymenoptera:


  • Alloxystidae ... (alloxystid wasps)
  • Ampulicidae ... (ampulicid wasps)
  • Andrenidae ... (andrenid bees)
  • Anthophoridae ... (anthophorid bees)
  • Apidae ... (bumble bees, honey bees)
  • Argidae ... (argid sawflies)
  • Astatidae ... (astatid wasps)
  • Bethylidae ... (bethylid wasps)
  • Braconidae ... (braconid wasps)
  • Cephidae ... (stem sawflies)
  • Ceraphronidae ... (ceraphronid wasps)
  • Chalcididae ... (chalcidid wasps)
  • Chrysididae ... (cuckoo wasps)
  • Cimbicidae ... (cimbicid sawflies)
  • Colletidae ... (plasterer bees, yellow-faced bees)
  • Crabronidae ... (crabronid wasps)
  • Cynipidae ... (gall wasps)
  • Diapriidae ... (diapriid wasps)
  • Diprionidae ... (conifer sawflies)
  • Dryinidae ... (dryinid wasps)
  • Encyrtidae ... (encyrtid wasps)
  • Eucoilidae ... (eucoilid wasps)
  • Eulophidae ... (eulophid wasps)
  • Eumenidae ... (mason and potter wasps)
  • Eupelmidae ... (eupelmid wasps)
  • Eurytomidae ... (seed chalcidoids)
  • Evaniidae ... (ensign wasps)
  • Figitidae ... (figitid wasps)
  • Formicidae ... (ants)
  • Gasteruptiidae ... (gasteruptiid wasps)
  • Halictidae ... (sweat bees)
  • Heloridae ... (helorid wasps)
  • Ibaliidae ... (ibaliid wasps)
  • Ichneumonidae ... (ichneumonid wasps)
  • Larridae ... (larrid wasps)
  • Leucospidae ... (leucospid wasps)
  • Masaridae ... (masarid wasps)
  • Megachilidae ... (leaf-cutting bees)
  • Megaspilidae ... (megaspilid wasps)
  • Melittidae ... (melittid bees)
  • Mutillidae ... (velvet ants)
  • Mymaridae ... (fairyflies)
  • Nyssonidae ... (sand wasps)
  • Orussidae ... (parasitic wood wasps)
  • Ormyridae ... (ormyrid wasps)
  • Pamphiliidae ... (web-spinning, leaf-rolling sawflies)
  • Pelecinidae ... (pelecinid wasps)
  • Pemphredonidae ... (pemphredonid wasps)
  • Pergidae ... (pergid sawflies)
  • Philanthidae ... (philanthid wasps)
  • Platygastridae ... (platygastrid wasps)
  • Pompilidae ... (spider wasps)
  • Pteromalidae ... (pteromalid wasps)
  • Scelionidae ... (scelionid wasps)
  • Scoliidae ... (scoliid wasps)
  • Siricidae ... (horntails)
  • Sphecidae ... (thread-waisted wasps, mud daubers)
  • Stephanidae ... (stephanid wasps)
  • Tenthredinidae ... (common sawflies)
  • Tiphiidae ... (tiphiid wasps)
  • Torymidae ... (torymid wasps)
  • Trichogrammatidae ... (trichogrammatid wasps)
  • Vespidae ... (yellow jackets, hornets, paper wasps)
  • Xiphydriidae ... (wood wasps)
  • Xyelidae ... (xyelid sawflies)