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Photo#159422
yellow & green wasp - male

yellow & green wasp - Male
near Sky High off Hwy 4, Calaveras County, California, USA
November 26, 2007
Size: 2mm

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yellow & green wasp - male yellow & green wasp - male yellow & green wasp - male yellow & green wasp (leaf) - Phyllonorycter

Moved
Moved from parasitic Apocrita.

 
Spectacular, as usual, Joyce!
I like that you included that leaf, but I wish you had zoomed a little closer. I've seen a similar type of wasp, and would like to be able to see what its housing development looks like.

 
haven't opened the leaf...
There isn't a lot more you can see without "opening" the leaf, which I haven't done because I'm waiting to see if anything else emerges. I have about 8 of these leaves. At first I was going to open a couple of them (look into the space between the top and bottom of the leaf where you can see the damage) but then I decided to wait to see what emerges. I'll open them eventually if nothing more emerges. If I had more leaves I'd open a few... I suspect a moth caused the original leaf damage and the wasp is a parasitoid.

Glad you like the photos. :)

 
So there you were expecting a moth...?
This is interesting. I hope something else does emerge, and you keep us posted, so we can get a glimpse of the big picture!

 
yes
A moth or something else must have done the original damage to the leaf. This colorful little wasp is a parasitoid -- so while it was a larva it probably ate the original leaf-damaging critter.

I will post anything else that emerges from the leaves!

Pteromalid Wasp (Chalcidoidea)
Example of a species with bicolored abdomen. Difficult to tell the gender for sure since underside is not visible.

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