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Genus Rogas

Yellow braconid wasp (2) - Rogas - female Rogas?  - Rogas lateral - Rogas empty mummy - Rogas Another Rogas? - Rogas mummy lateral - Rogas adult lateral - Rogas - female parasitic Apocrita - Rogas
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconids and Ichneumons)
Family Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)
Subfamily Rogadinae
Genus Rogas
ROW gas
Explanation of Names
Rogas Nees von Esenbeck 1818
probably 100-150 New World species, most undescribed (Shaw, S.R. 1997. Subfamily Rogadine. In:(1))
4 - 10 mm
cyclostome "mouth." Also see this image.. As can be seen from these 2 images, the cyclostome mouth is defined by the dorso-ventrally short clypeus and the concave labrum, bordered ventrally by the mandibles.
Mummification of host remains. Here and here are examples of rogadine mummies.
ovipositor length variable
tarsal claw with large, blunt basal lobe, in some species, pectinate
*For labeled generalized diagrams of braconid external morphology, see PDF, pp. 98-99(2)
Mostly Neotropical, rare in North America.
Larvae feed on larvae of Limacodidae, Zygaenidae, Lycaenidae, and Riodinidae. (Shaw, S.R. 1997. In:(1)
Life Cycle
larval koinobiont endoparasitoids. As with other rogadines, Rogas larvae mummify the host when they finish feeding on it and kill it, and pupate inside the mummy.
Very similar in overall appearance to Aleiodes. Best distinguished from Aleiodes by (1) lack of median longitudinal carina much more prominent than other carinae on first metasomal tergite, and (2) presence of basal lobe on tarsal claw.
Works Cited
1.Manual of the New World Genera of the Family Braconidae (Hymenoptera)
Wharton, R.A., P.M. Marsh, M.J. Sharkey (Eds). 1997. International Society of Hymenopterists.
2.A Revision of the Tetrasphaeropyx Ashm. Lineage of the Genus Aleiodes Wesmael (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae)
Fortier, Joseph C. 2009. Magnolia Press.