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Chalcid Wasp

Brachymeria sp.

Description:

Chalcid wasp about 6 mm long, dark brown with a rugose thorax and yellow hair on the abdomen. Enlarged hind femora with a yellow band. Family Chalcidae. These little wasps are parasites of lepidopteran larvae (emerging from the pupae) and of flies parasitic on other insects. Many species are prime candidates for biological control of pest species.

Habitat:

Landed on a lighted window at night, small store, Axtla de Terrazas, Xilitla, San Luis Potosí.

Notes:

http://bugeric.blogspot.mx/2011/06/wasp-... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachymeri... http://bugguide.net/node/view/37607/bgim... http://ecologia.uat.edu.mx/paginaiea/bio... http://www.jstor.org/stable/25077805?seq...

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3 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Thank you Mark :) Thank you John, wish we knew more about this one... it's host especially.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Wonderfully crisp shots.

John La Salle
John La Salle 4 years ago

HI Lauren
What a lovely little wasp. Probably a Brachymeria - but looks not quite so typical so it might be something else.

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Spotted on Apr 17, 2015
Submitted on Feb 9, 2016

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