The Braconidae is the 2nd largest family within Hymenoptera, with at least 40,000 species described to date. The number of subfamilies remains a debate amongst specialists - which in part reflects the lack of knowledge concerning the phylogeny of this family - although 29 subfamilies can be recognised. The family occurs world-wide.

Members of the Braconidae family have a wide variety of biologies, endoparasitism and ectoparasitism, idiobionts and koinobionts. They are all parasitoids of larvae of holometabolous insects, although hemimetabolous insects are also targeted.

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Un-identified specimen  
Hymenoptera:Apocrita (Parasitica):Ichneumonoidea: Braconidae.
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