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wasp - Xyela

wasp - Xyela
Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
March 2, 2004
I don't have a clue what this is. It was smaller than a fly, which partly explains the poor picture.

Moved from Xyelidae.

now that's a nice, rare beastie! The antennae are very distinctive for that family, and if you could see the mouthparts, you'd find that they look just like legs (which is also quite unique).

This may be a type of sawfly. There is one family that has this general appearance, but then, so do several braconids and other parasitic wasps.

With the very long first antennal segments I am more inclined to think that it is a parasitic wasp. Gut feeling tells me it may be a eulophid wasp (Chalcidoidea), but I may be wrong.


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