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Purple!? - Eupelmus messene

Purple!? - Eupelmus messene
Dixie Plantation, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
June 17, 2007
Size: 2mm
An iridescent purple flightless something or other... sweep netted

Moved from Eupelmidae.

Female of Eupelmus (Macroneura) veiscularis (Retzius).

This is a Chalidoid wasp. They are often apterous, brachypterous, or fully winged. They are jumpers, and their thorax is geared to allow them to jump; when they die, they typically look like this because of the way the muscles in the thorax contract (or relax?).