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Photo#167426
wingless wasp - female

wingless wasp - Female
Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
January 28, 2008
Size: about 2.5mm
Found walking actively on the snow in 35 degree temperatures.

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wingless wasp - female wingless wasp - female wingless wasp - female

Moved
Moved from Gall Wasps.

Its a wasp (Hymenoptera). The
Its a wasp (Hymenoptera). The flattened abdomen reminds me of Ibaliidae, but I don't remember hear of any of those that are wingless. Probably a wingless Cynipidae.

 
This is a wingless Cynipidae
More accurately a so-called "agamous" female. Just like palaearctic Biorrhiza pallida, this winter generation contains only females, who lay eggs inside winter buds of oak-trees, after having grown-up at the roots of the same host plant.

 
Gall wasp
I'm finding more gall wasps in the winter than I ever find during the warm weather. Thanks for identifying her for me, Richard and Dennis.

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