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Tiny Wasp - Laelius pedatus

Tiny Wasp - Laelius pedatus
Boxborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
January 15, 2006
Size: 2.7mm

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Tiny Wasp - Laelius pedatus Tiny Wasp - Laelius pedatus

Moved from Laelius.

Moved from Bethylidae.
Identified by Jongok LIM on my pbase site.

Bethylidae, I believe.

Laelius sp.?
Don or Eric, do you think the identification I got on my website is good?

I agree!
Neat find! These little wasps are parasites of ants, carpet beetle larvae (yay!!), and other household pests, so they are not uncommon indoors. Apparently, females have an excrutiating sting.

Neat find unless they like to sting you.
I get stung by these things almost weekly during the summer months, and I can tell you it burns. But that is not the bad part. The bad part is after approximately twenty-four hours, the site of the sting turns into a quarter size angry red welt that itches to no end, and it doesn't start to truly heal for another 4 days. Until then it itches on and off, badly.

The amazing thing to me is that I am the only one in my family that gets stung this often. At times, I get where I am afraid to work outdoors at all.

I found this on the kitchen counter, and after I photographed it, I let it stay loose in the house. It must have been going after the Dermestid larvae, because I found a couple the day before. Thanks for the help, Donald and Eric.

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