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yellow & green wasp (leaf) - Phyllonorycter

yellow & green wasp (leaf) - Phyllonorycter
near Sky High off Hwy 4, Calaveras County, California, USA
November 26, 2007
This is what the leaf out of which the wasp came looked like. Huckleberry oak (Quercus vaccinifolia). I think it emerged from the hole on the underside of the leaf (top photo; upper right corner - brownish mark on leaf).

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

Moved from leaf mines. I think Phyllonorycter is safe. This type of mine is characteristic of the genus, and although the HOSTS database doesn't list this particular oak species, there are many oak feeders, and a number have unspecified Quercus listed as a host. I checked the Catalog of Hymenoptera (1979) and it has no host records for this genus... well, some might be included under Lithocolletis, but its entirely possible this is an undocumented parasitoid-host relationship.

Moved from Pteromalids. Much better chance of the right person seeing the leaf mine here. I think it's probably from a moth in family Gracillariidae, subfamily Lithocolletinae.

Moved from parasitic Apocrita.

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