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Buprestid parasite - male

Buprestid parasite - Male
Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
March 31, 2007
Size: Tiny

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Moved from Braconid Wasps.

Can you take an a lateral image of the head. The wing image is great, it is definitly a braconid, but I'm not certain if it is a cyclostome or non-cyclostome. Cyclostome braconids have a cavity open above the manibles vs. non-cyclostomes that have a rather flat clypeus above the mandibles. It is an important split in the group.

Added the view, the cavity is present making this a cyclostome braconid I guess.

Final clutch was 4 females and 1 male. An additional female did not eclose properly and another wasp has failed to emerge (though it might soon).

This is looks like a Doryctinae, and they are known to attack Buprestids. It is really cool that you reared this out because there is a lot of parasitoids lacking host information. You might contact Bob Kula ( about this; he may be interested in the specimens or would be more able to get you in contact with someone who would be interested.

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