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orange and black wasp - Lytopylus

orange and black wasp - Lytopylus
Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
June 17, 2007
Size: ~10mm

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Identification corrected by Dr. Michael Sharkey.

Moved from Bassus.

Moved from Agathidinae.

Bassus s. s.
Great photos! For discussion of identifying characters, see my post here: The carina is very visible in your third image showing the head dorsum. That said, my advisor, Mike Sharkey, who works on agathidine wasps, said this is a peculiar species that may be new to science. The black "knees" (distal apex of the femora and proximal apex of tibia) on the hind legs (among other characters) really surprised him. Great find!

Thanks for the note. A case like this makes me wish I kept specimens. It would be nice to find something not yet described.

Moved from Braconid Wasps.

Thanks Eric
This is the largest and one of the more colorful Braconids I've seen.

Very nice series of images of a braconid wasp. That long face is characteristic of one subfamily, so it is conceivable this could be ID'd to genus at some point....Agathinidae is the subfamily, moving there.

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