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Miniscule wasp or bee - Telenomus

Miniscule wasp or bee - Telenomus
Nix Nature Center, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, USA
July 14, 2008
Size: ~1.5mm
I was playing with a Canon add-on close-up lens and ran across this very tiny insect. It looks like many larger ones I've seen, but never noticed one this small. Assuming this is no great shakes, I'll probably frass after ID.

Images of this individual: tag all
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Telenomus -- O.A. Popovici det.
Moved from Platygastridae.

Thanks, =v=

Moved from Scelionidae.

Thanks, Charlie
This one really gets around, albeit slowly.

This doesn't represent a change in ID, but a change in taxonomy--Scelionidae has been absorbed into Platygastridae.

Ah ha. Thanks for the heads-up.
This one may be on our local natural history website, in which case my co-siter will appreciate that info.

Moved from parasitic Apocrita.


It looks more like a parasitic Apocrita than Aculeata. I don't think that it belongs here.

... must be the spot to land this sweet critter

Thanks, v
for finding this wasp a home.

Thanks. I'm sure you're right, Beatriz.
I'll move later.

I have similar ones
On my lotus flower, I found several. The wings are fully tranparent. I will post later

Keep that flower!
It's really been good for you. I await your posts and hope you gain IDs.

posted two similar ones
Hi, Ron, actually I posted two similar 'species' but I'm not sure they are different in stage or sex or are really two species. I caught one of them so can not compare them by my microscope. But sure they all have transparent overwings. I will pay more attention to them since they are often seen on lotus flowers especially for that one similar to yours.
thanks for sharing your idea and wonderful pics.

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