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Species Acanthochalcis nigricans

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps)
Family Chalcididae (Chalcidid Wasps)
Subfamily Chalcidinae
Genus Acanthochalcis
Species nigricans (Acanthochalcis nigricans)
Explanation of Names
Acanthochalcis nigricans Cameron 1884
There are dense patches of white hair on the sides of the abdomen that separate this species from Acanthochalcis unispinosa (lacks the hairs). Males are smaller, but still larger than most chalcids.
Costa Rica to KS-CA(1)
commonly seen flying around Baccharis sergiloides in Arizona
hosts: Chrysobothris (Buprestidae)(1)