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Species Ceratogastra ornata

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumonid Wasps)
Subfamily Banchinae
Tribe Banchini
Genus Ceratogastra
Species ornata (Ceratogastra ornata)
MA-ON-WI-FL-CA; Mexico(1)
Host: Feltia sp.?, cutworm(1)
Four subspecies recognized. Mimic of Poecilopompilus.

"There is considerable regional variation in color. Specimens from New England and adjacent parts of New York are darkest, from which area the populations are progressively paler toward the west and south. Darker individuals have the ground color blackish brown, which towards the south and the west becomes fulvous brown or fulvous. Yellow markings are most restricted in the northeastern part of the range, most extensive in the west. Specimens from Arizona and New Mexico have the yellow bands on the abdomen unusually wide, but the yellow on the thorax of only moderate extent. In New England and adjacent parts of New York, the yellow banding on the abdomen is usually restricted to the basal 3-5 tergites. The wings are rather uniformly brown, except that in specimens from the Great Plains and foothils of the Rocky Mts. the apex of the front wing is hyaline." -- Townes and Townes 1978