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Diapriid wasp? - Trichopria - female

Diapriid wasp? - Trichopria - Female
Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
April 26, 2005
Size: ~2mm
I believe this may be a diapriid wasp (fam. Diapriidae, subfam. Diapriinae), whose larvae are supposedly parasites of fungus gnats and other dipterans. Diapriid wasps are characterized by a protuberance in the middle of the face from which the antennae extend, and I think this is visible in the image. The small size and lack of wing venation suggest that this specimen (assuming it is a diapriid) belongs to subfam. Diapriinae. Compare with images from Cedar Creek. Also refer to Borror & White, page 336-337 (1). This specimen was found on an azalea leaf and taken indoors to photograph.

Moved from Diapriidae.

Trichopria sp. (Diapriinae,
Trichopria sp. (Diapriinae, Diapriidae)

This wasp is a female member the genus Trichopria. You can tell the sex by its clavate antennae.

Again you're right :-))
Yes, I agree fully on your identification!
Gerard Pennards

Thanks for the confirmation!

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