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Winged Ant or Wasp? - Temnothorax curvispinosus - male

Winged Ant or Wasp? - Temnothorax curvispinosus - Male
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
June 25, 2009
Whichever it is, it was very small. On my door frame at night.

Moved from Myrmicinae.

"Acorn ant"?
It was definitely in the vicinity of an oak tree. Thanks! =)

Moved from Ants.


Thank you
I wasn't sure if it was definite enough to move it.

Happy to help
(I should have left a comment stating that it is a male ant instead of just moving it -- sorry about that)

it's quite fine with me that you moved it.

from Alex Wild (UIUC):
"myrmicine ant, but beyond that I'm not sure. Possibly Temnothorax."

I'm with Alex
Most likely T. curvispinosus.

this one too?

Thank you -
Moved farther.

Based on just the antennae and wings alone, this is neither an ichneumon, braconid, or a chalcid wasp.

This is something else.

I tried keying this out just now, and it came out to Heloridae, though I'm still not totally convinced. Something in the Proctotrupoidea, though, I'm pretty confident in that at least.

for what it's worth, on whatever proctotrupoid pix i could find on the web, this kind of antennae could be found only among Diapriidae

Thanks for looking around!
Those do look similar, and some were found practically next door to me.

I dug up the photo I took two nights ago and posted it, too:

What does that leave that looks like this?

I think I got another shot last night - at least it looked like it to my naked eye. I'll have to check it out to see if it is, and if the shot is decent.

not sure, but may be a braconid -- although the clavate antennae look weird. will be waiting for experts.

Ant antennae
are normally jointed, right?

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