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Ant with wings

Description:

Dark Bluish, ant with wings, or a Wasp ?

Habitat:

Spotted in a tropical semi forest location in northen part of India. Normally found in Indian subcontinent.

Notes:

Dark bluish color, an inch in size. This has a long tail too. This was spotted together with the one (golden color wasp) which I uploaded minutes back.

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9 Comments

stho002
stho002 10 years ago

Yes, here is a good image of one: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/r...

Maybe the ovipositor is extruded in the image above?

John La Salle
John La Salle 10 years ago

Just received the following back from by colleague (Gary Gibson) who wrote the definitive work on Cleonyminae a few years back.
"Yes, based on the pronotal structure and what appears to be raptorial front legs it does appear to be an Oodera, but nothing like anything I have seen before. A fantastic specimen. I do not suppose the caught it?"
So, it appears to be an undescribed species of Oodera.

stho002
stho002 10 years ago

Here's a checklist of Indian pteromalids (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/resources/research-...) which may or may not help to track it down

stho002
stho002 10 years ago

Some pics of Oodera here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/737804

Short ovipositor, though ..

John La Salle
John La Salle 10 years ago

Good for now.
I have sent the link to a colleague who knows a lot more about them than I do, and he might be able to give us a more authoritative idea.

bayucca
bayucca 10 years ago

Good job, John! Thanks for your expertise.
Unfortunately there is not much info about this family, mostly from Africa.
Under these circumstancies I suggest that we take Parasitoid Wasp as common name and Cleonyminae as scientific name. Would you agree to that?

John La Salle
John La Salle 10 years ago

By the way - nice picture of a really beautiful and not that common wasp.

John La Salle
John La Salle 10 years ago

Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae - subfamily Cleonyminae
Not sure of the genus - but those enlarged front legs should narrow it down quite a bit. Probably Oodera or something close.

bayucca
bayucca 10 years ago

Looks for me like a wasp of Ichneumonidae or Braconidae. But I might be wrong with the family name, just a hint...

MahabaleshwaraB
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MahabaleshwaraB

Haryana, India

Spotted on Nov 9, 2013
Submitted on Nov 9, 2013

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