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BG2196 C5586a - Conura amoena

BG2196 C5586a - Conura amoena
Gloster, Gloster Arboretum, Amite County, Mississippi, USA
October 8, 2006
Size: body length ~6 mm.
We believe this ia a Chalcid wasp, family Chalcididae. It is a good match for species in the genus Conura.
Proper placement would be appreciated.
Gayle

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Crab claw
That hind leg looks like a crab claw.
Is anything know about the behavior of these wasps, especially what they do with those apparently grasping hind legs?

 
The swollen hind leg contains
The swollen hind leg contains strong muscles for jumping into flight. The best I can think of is that they might use the legs for kicking also, but then I'm not sure if the femur with its large teeth would actually come into play.

Conura amoena
Sorry folks! I only noticed today that there were a number of Chalcids building up in the unidentified.

This species is separated from the other Conura by the bright yellow color and large teeth on the femur. Great pictures!

Moved
Moved from Chalcid Wasps.

???
Wasn't the ID of this ever confirmed? Shouldn't it be moved to genus? It is better than most other images.

 
???
I've wondered about those questions myself.
I have learned to be very patient!
Thanks for your interest and comment.
Gayle

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