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Possible Coccophagus - Coccophagus

Possible Coccophagus - Coccophagus
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
March 25, 2017
Size: ~2 mm

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Possible Coccophagus - Coccophagus Coccophagus?  - Coccophagus Coccophagus?  - Coccophagus

Thanks, Ross

Comment by Dr. Mottern…
"Yes, This is Coccophagus, and it is part of a species group that includes C. mexicanus, C. albicoxa, and C. funiculatus. I'm not sure if that species group has been named. The group is characterized by a white or very pale hind coxa and a densely setose mesoscutellum. Based on Myartseva et al. (2016), I'd say the critter on Bugguide is an undescribed member of the group, but more careful comparisons would need to be made to be certain".

See reference here.

Comment forwarded by Dr. Heraty

Aphelinid (female)…
Will ask Dr. Heraty to comment on a further placement. If you are aware of any associations with this capture (e.g. found near scales), pls mention these as well.

See reference here.

Thanks, Ross
I also emailed Dr. Polaszek the link to this wasp and the possible Encarsia that I posted last night, just FYI.

No associations that I'm aware of with this capture. The wasp just showed up at my porchlight.

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