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Pelecinidae wasp, female

Family Pelecinidae, Pelecinus sp.


One North American genus with only one species: Pelecinus polyturator. Worldwide, there is only one extant genus, Pelecinus, with three recognized species (Johnson and Musetti, 1999): Pelecinus polyturator (North America, Central America, South America) Pelecinus thoracicus (western Mexico) Pelecinus dichrous (South America) (BugGuide)

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Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

This is a special thanks, Juan. I was really curious about this one.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 10 years ago

this is a Pelecinidae wasp

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Hi Chun. I couldn't find any information about this insect, even BugGuide has nothing about it (or maybe I didn't know where to look at). I am very interest to know more about it, and yes, that abdomen is amazing. If you look carefully, there IS a sting in its end, and it seems to be very strong and sharp. A real weapon!

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

To long to be true, but in science where facts are sometimes stranger than fictions.
Unusual abdomen for the wasp, it is good to know why this species evolved such thick stinger (or ovipositor).

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Thank you Cindy.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Yikes! Scary but good spotting.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, Paran√°, Brazil

Spotted on Jan 14, 2012
Submitted on Jan 14, 2012

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