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Photo#160872
black bug - Pristepyris - male

black bug - Pristepyris - Male
Donalds, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
October 15, 2006
sawfly?

Moved
Moved from Pristocera.

Moved
Moved from Bethylidae. A male Pristocera.

Moved

you know it's not a sawfly when....
just a quick FYI: Sawflies don't have that nice "tapering" waist that we associate with most wasps. Compare here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/41340

And wonderful photo.

Bethylid Wasp - male
Antennae are unsusually long, but I see hardly any other possibility. Shape of mesosoma and metasoma ("thorax" and "abdomen") does otherwise match very well. Only a dorsal view showing wing venation had helped to settle the matter.

 
I would have thought that thi
I would have thought that this might be a male tiphiid. The shape and orientation of the head doesn't look right for Bethylidae, the sculpture on the head and thorax is too pronounced,and the thorax and abdomen look too hairy for any the species I'm familiar with. You're right though, without the wing venation I doubt you can say for sure what this is.

 
thanks! I'd have never figure
thanks! I'd have never figured this one out. unfortunately, I wasn't able to get another view on this one.

 
Awesome image.
Just an outstanding image, Kim!

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