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Paracrias astalineurus Hansson, head dorsal female, arrows point at posterior ocelli

Paracrias alticola Hansson, paratype female

Paracrias alticola Hansson, paratype female

Paracrias alticola Hansson, thoracic dorsum, paratype female

Paracrias cyaneochlorus Hansson, paratype female

Paracrias gnomus Hansson, paratype female

Paracrias pedinus Hansson, paratype female

Paracrias strieris Hansson, holotype female

Author, year, journal with original description

Ashmead, W.H., 1904, Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum, 1:343, 510

Type species

Paracrias laticeps Ashmead (lectotype female in the United States National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C)

Synonym names

Emersonopsis Girault, Euplectrentedon Girault


Head lenticular with upper occiput concave so that posterior ocelli is very close to or touching occipital margin; pronotum without transverse carina; propodeum with median carina (median carina smooth or more or less covered with reticulation)and with reticulate submedian grooves; scutellum without median groove; forewing usually with continuous submarginal and marginal veins, i.e. without a break between these two veins

Number of species

57, Gumovsky (2001) described six new species of Paracrias which are not included here because the descriptions do not include most of the characters used in the key to Paracrias on this website



Nearctic and Neotropical regions, with the main distribution in the Neotropical region


Parasitoids on weevil larvae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in seeds or buds


Ashmead, W.H., 1904. Classification of the chalcid flies. Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum, 1:225-551

Schauff, M.E. 1985. The New World genus Paracrias Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 87:98-109

Gumovsky, A. 2001. Review of the genus Paracrias (Hymenoptera, Eulophidae, Entedoninae). Vestnik Zoologii, 35:9-26

Hansson, C. 2002. Eulophidae of Costa Rica, 1. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, 67:1-290 (Paracrias is treated on pp. 85-143)