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Blastophaga psenes - female

Blastophaga psenes - Female
Vernon St., 38.7227, -121.2993. Elevation = 50m (164'), Roseville, Placer County, California, USA
June 22, 2019
Size: 2 mm
Posted to add genus & sp. to BugGuide. Where are nice live specimen pictures from the regions in CA where these are easily obtained?

Keyed to genus in Chapter 4, Agaonidae by Zdenek Bouček in:(1).
One introduced species in Blastophaga = B. psenes in USA (CA, AZ) (Agaoninae).

Characters noted in key that can be illustrated below.

-- Shape nearly square, not long.
-- Antennal scape irregularly broadened with pedicel hardly moveable.
-- 3rd segment with an acuminate projection.
-- Flagellum segments with distinct setae at apex.
-- Mandibular appendage with transversely arcuate laminae.
-- Mandibular appendages seen from the side appear serrate.
-- Mandibular appendages shorter than width of head.

-- Front and hind tibia very short compared to the femur.
-- Front and hind femora much thicker than middle femur.
-- Extensively setose.
-- Curved, clavate stigmal vein.
-- Postmarginal vein present.
-- Ovipositor shorter than metafemur.

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Great contribution
Thanks. Would you consider posting one of these images to Wikicommons? See B. psenes illustration

Moved from Fig wasps.

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