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Wasp - Lycogaster pullata

Wasp - Lycogaster pullata
Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA
September 12, 2004
I kept the pot in my office and 9 days later here's what emerged. A small thing, and not quite what I expected. Is this a potter wasp or some other type of wasp that took advantage of the situation?

I released it the next day.

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Moved from Trigonalidae.

Lycogaster pullata Shuckard
great find!

Troy: take a look at the 2 images I posted....I thought Halictid bee, but Martin Hauser ID'd as Trigonalidae.I'm interested in what you and Eric think. Vince Hickey

I am almost positive this is a male trigonalid! Makes sense. Female trigonalids "broadcast" thousands of tiny eggs, on foliage. The larvae hatch and develop ONLY if the egg is consumed by a caterpillar in the course of its feeding, AND if that caterpillar is either hosting another parasite already, OR the caterpillar is subequently fed on by a yellowjacket or paper wasp (or potter wasp, apparently). This could well be a host record as well as a new family for Bugguide!

I had no idea
What a complex natural history. I didn't bother to check the pot for anything else. I placed it in some shrubbery outside, but I wonder now if I'd kept it if I would have seen something else eventually.