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Species Pimpla pedalis

Ichneumon Wasp - Pimpla pedalis - female Pointy Wasp-wig any-type thingy - Pimpla pedalis - female Shiny black wasp with orange legs - Pimpla pedalis - female Shiny black wasp with orange legs - Pimpla pedalis - female Id help needed - Ichneumon wasp - Pimpla pedalis - male Ichneumon Wasp - Pimpla pedalis Pimpla pedalis? - Pimpla pedalis Large Archibald Park Wasp - Pimpla pedalis
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 Pimplinae
Tribe Pimplini
No Taxon (Pimpla genus-group)
Genus Pimpla
Species pedalis (Pimpla pedalis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coccygomimus pedalis (Cresson, 1865)
Explanation of Names
Pimpla pedalis Cresson, 1865
pedalis = from the Latin pedālis ('of the foot')
"Among North American Pimpla species, this color pattern is distinctive: black hind tibia in combination with the ferruginous hind femur, hind coxa, and mid coxa." -- Bob Carlson
NL to VA, to AK and CA(1)
Larvae are known to parasitize caterpillars of several species of the family Tortricidae (Archips argyrospila, Argyrotaenia mariana, Pseudosciaphila duplex), Geometridae (Lambdina fiscellaria, Protoboarmia porcelaria), Lasiocampidae (Malacosoma americanum, M. californicum, M. disstria), Erebidae (Ctenucha virginica, Dasychira plagiata, Euproctis chrysorrhoea, Leucoma salicis, Lophocampa caryae, Lophocampa maculata, Lymantria dispar, Orgyia antiqua, O. leucostigma, Pyrrharctia isabella), Notodontidae (Heterocampa guttivitta), Noctuidae (Acronicta americana, Leucania linita, Mythimna unipuncta), Hesperiidae (Epargyreus clarus), Pieridae (Neophasia menapia). Other hosts include sawfly larvae (Gilpinia hercyniae, Neodiprion sp.) (1)
See Also

Pimpla sodalis differs in having black coxae.

Limerodops mariannae shares similar coloration but differs in morphology. The females, as Ichneumoninae, have very short ovipositors and have the first segment of the gaster narrower. The legs are thicker with black only on the hind tarsi and very end of the hind femora. The tegulae and pterostigmas are orange, and the wings are slightly yellow-orange tinged.
Internet References
Nomina (Web Archive)