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Photo#272754
Fig Wasp - Pleistodontes imperialis - female

Fig Wasp - Pleistodontes imperialis - Female
Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, USA
May 5, 2009
Size: ~2mm bl
Females leave their wings at the door when they enter the fig

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Fig Wasp - Pleistodontes imperialis - female Fig Wasp - Pleistodontes imperialis - female Fig Wasp - Pleistodontes imperialis - female Fig Wasp - Pleistodontes imperialis - female

Moved
Moved from Fig wasps.

Species
I think that if you know the species of fig you can know the species of wasp; so that information would be very useful.

Finally, finally!
I have been requesting fig wasps for the past two or three years. I even created the page for the family in 2007 in the hope that somebody would find one soon. And this is a superb series and a superb photo. I knew about the wings but never saw it so well as in this image.
BTW males have no wings and don't leave the fig where they were born or at most they fall to the ground and die.
It is a big day for me; I will celebrate with fig Newtons and white wine.
Read more here.

 
Your article...
Until I went to add the link you referenced above to the list of references on the Info page, I didn't realize that you were the author of the article. Nice work! Maybe you would be willing to use portions of that text to help further fill out the Info page for this family?

Adding my congratulations...
Peter, I saw the first of the images you have posted thus far late last night and was quite excited. I began researching this fascinating group and came across this really detailed website, Figweb, which has all kinds of info you may find enjoyable and helpful. (I will be adding it as a link to the Info page today.) Thank you for documenting and sharing this wonderful addition to BugGuide!

Nice series and fun commentary
Quite involving. (Before, I didn't give a fig for these.)

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