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Monomachid wasp (female)

Monomachus sp.


Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea, Monomachidae. From a paper by Celso Oliveira Azevedo and Hélio Sá Santos [Seasonality of Monomachus Klug (Hymenoptera, Monomachidae) in the Biological Reserve of Duas Bocas, Espírito Santo State, Brazil; Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.18 no.2; Curitiba, June 2001]: "Adults of monomachid wasps prefer cool, moist, forest habitats (NAUMANN 1985). Few biological data suggest that Monomachus is parasitoid of larva and pupa of Diptera, Stratiomyiidae (RIEK 1970)." And, according to the same paper, it seems that sightings of female wasps are very rare.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Good one Sergio. These might be a seasonal gondwanan thing as we recently found some too. We're only getting females and believe it's the males that are hard to find. Only 3 species here though. Welcome to winter :-)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Thank you John La Salle. Another one for my list of "I didn't even know that they existed"... And according to a paper I found (which I added to the spotting), it looks like sighting of females is quite rare! :-))

John La Salle
John La Salle 7 years ago

Nice picture and a fantastic wasp. I don't think it is an ichneumonid. I am guessing here - but maybe Monomachus (Monomachidae).
There are a couple of pictures here.

Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Spotted on May 13, 2014
Submitted on May 13, 2014

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