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Brachygastra mellifica? in Nogales, AZ - Brachygastra mellifica - female

Brachygastra mellifica? in Nogales, AZ - Brachygastra mellifica - Female
Nogales, about 10 feet north of U.S.–Mexico border, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
March 11, 2017
Size: 1 cm or less
This wasp landed on our windshield as we were waiting in line at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. We were about 10 feet north of the international border (marked by a bronze plaque). I have seen Brachygastra mellifica in Sonora, and this looked like a match; I'm hoping an expert can confirm. I have several photos but unfortunately no dorsal view.

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Brachygastra mellifica? in Nogales, AZ - Brachygastra mellifica - female Brachygastra mellifica? in Nogales, AZ - Brachygastra mellifica - female

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6 abdominal segments = ♀
Both of you are correct and the wings cells, as well as the tiny-sized, first abdominal segment match only this species. Even from below, we can clearly see the difference.
This species is more widespread in Mexico, but the range includes southern Arizona. So, congrats!

 
Fantastic - thank you!
Fantastic - thank you!

Not an ID, but...
...venation seems to match Brachygastra:



I'll be interested to see what the experts have to say.

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