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Unknown Wasp and Prey - Isodontia - female

Unknown Wasp and Prey - Isodontia - Female
Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
August 31, 2007
Could someone help be identify both the wasp and the prey? Thank you!


I've added a thumbnail of this photo to the
Info page for Oecanthinae (tree crickets). This is a great shot of a wasp paralyzing this female tree cricket (most likely a Narrow-winged tree cricket).

The prey
looks like a tree cricket.

Thank you. I'm new at this a
Thank you. I'm new at this and appreciate the help.

And it
Looks to be an Isodontia carrying it.

Thank you so much!
Thank you so much! Do you know if it is the Isodontia Philadelphica or the Auripes? It looks a little more like the Philadelphica to me, but I wasn't sure.

Look dark enough to be phillie and it is not mexicana which also swings up into your area.

I. apicalis?
I don't know why this "can't" be I. mexicana. That would be my first guess; but, can't necessarily rule out I. apicalis, either, which is hefty like I. philadelphica, but has white setae (hairs) instead of black like philadelphica. I. auripes has orange on the legs.

Again pushes the known geo boundaries of apicalis. And I wish I could separate those by pictures but I doubt I can. Didn't look hairy enough for the mexicano but I suppose it is when I blow it up. Generally Isodontia is as far as I go without John carrying the ball further on these wasps.

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