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Braconid - Sigalphinae - Urosigalphus - female

Braconid - Sigalphinae - Urosigalphus - Female
East Hampton, Sufflok County, New York, USA
September 18, 2008

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Urosigalphus sp. -- Paul Marsh det.
Moved from Sigalphinae.

Braconid wasp?
.

 
Thanks Adalbert
for giving me a direction to look in.

 
I agree.
Looks like the dorsal abdominal tergites (segments) are fused. 'His' "stinger" is 'her' ovipositor (egg-laying organ). Great images.

 
Hi Eric, Thanks for looking at this.
Fused abdominal segments? Can you explain more about that condition?
Is the ovipositor supposed to project from the distal end of the abdomen or is it attached where it should be?
I added a few more images.
The closest I could find that looked anything like this is here;

http://bugguide.net/node/view/7672/bgimage

Maybe we need to send me back to remedial Braconids and Ichneumons A & P (anatomy & physiology). LOL

I really appreciate your taking time to help.

 
nice braconid, great pics indeed -- thanks!
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Thank you, =v=
This wasp was jumping, sliding, kicking, standing on her head. I was amazed to see that I had anything recognizable.

 
Braconid: Sigalphinae?
I think this is probably a Sigalphinae braconid. Could also be a Cheloninae however, depending on wing venation. Cheloninae look like they have wing venation like an Ichneumonidae (but it's a Braconid), and Sigalphinae have more standard venation. The pictures aren't perfectly clear, but based on what looks to be RS+M, I'd say Sigalphinae. That would also makes sense because they are parasitoids of leps, and that long ovipositor would be more handy in finding a mining-lep like a Papaipema??. Cheloninae are lep-egg parasitoids, and long ovipositors are not necessary.

 
Wing image added.
Thank you for taking the time to look at this and the extra information.

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