Family: scoliidae

žahalkovití, scoliids, Scoliiden

Dryinidae and Embolemidae










This family represents one of the smaller groups within the superfamily Vespoidea, classified only to two subfamilies. Members of both of them occur in the Palaearctic region, but only Scoliinae occur in the central Europe. Most of the species live in tropical and subtropical regions; all species occurring in central Europe have their northern distribution border in this region. Scoliidae are larger or large insects, usually colourful, hirsute and robust. Megascolia maculata (Drury, 1773) is the largest aculeate hymenopteran species in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Both males and females are winged, males are slenderer with long antennae, females’ antennae are shorter and clubbed. Except the main characters the following ones are typical for Scoliidae: distal parts of wings have length-wise wrinkles, mesosternum and metasternum are divided by a transverse suture, and basal segments of rear legs (hind coxae) are well-separated. Scoliidae are parasitoids of mature larvae of scarabaeid beetles; females search for larvae finding them by vibratory signals, paralyze the larva and lay eggs on its surface. Larvae feed usually in the ground on tissues of the scarabaeid larva. Imagines feed on nectar on flowers.

So far 3 species are known from the Czech Republic (2 from Bohemia, 3 from Moravia).

Determination keys: central Europe: Bouček (1957); Europe: Osten (2000).

Checklists: Czech Republic and Slovakia: Baa et al. (1938), Bogusch (2007), Palaearctis: Osten (1999).

SCOLIIDAE  Latreille, 1802        
SCOLIINAE Latreille, 1802        
Colpa Dufour, 1841        
C. sexmaculata (Fabricius, 1781)   M CR  
Scolia Fabricius , 1775         
S. hirta (Schrank, 1781)  B M EN  
S. sexmaculata (O. F. Müller, 1766) B M EN  



BAA L., HOFFER A. & ŠUSTERA O. 1938: Prodromus blanokřídlého hmyzu Republiky Česko-Slovenské. Pars II. Sborník Entomologického Oddělení Národního Musea v Praze 16: 166-223.

BOGUSCH P. 2007: Vespoidea: Scoliidae (žahalkovití). Pp. 165-170. In: BOGUSCH P., STRAKA J. & KMENT P. (eds.): Annotated checklist of the Aculeata (Hymenoptera) of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Komentovaný seznam žahadlových blanokřídlých (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) České republiky a Slovenska. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, Supplementum 11: 1-300.

BOUČEK Z. 1957: Nadčeleď Žahalky – Scolioidea. Pp. 313-316. In: KRATOCHVÍL J. (ed.): Klíč zvířeny ČSR. Díl II. Nakladatelství Československé akademie věd, Praha, 748 pp.

OSTEN T. 1999: Kritische Liste der palaearktischen Scoliiden (Hymenoptera: Scoliidae). Entomofauna 20: 422-428.

OSTEN T. 2000: Die Scoliiden des Mittelmeer-Gebietes und angrenzender Regionen (Hymenoptera). Ein Bestimmungsschlüssel. Linzer Biologische Beiträge 32: 537-593.