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Cuckoo wasp - Chrysis smaragdula

Cuckoo wasp - Chrysis smaragdula
Spiderweb, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA
October 19, 2009
Size: 14 - 16mm
Not sure if this wasp can be ID'ed to species from these images. I used the "zoom" feature on my camera to get these shots in mixed sun and shade, so they aren't very good. Usually I haven't been able to get close enough to this wasp to get any kind of worthwhile images.

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Moved
Moved from Chrysis angolensis.

Chrysis smaragdula
I don't know why such a good specialist as Kimsey did a mistake here, maybe dentate mesopleuron and darkened wings were misleading since these are present in C. angolensis also. Nevertheless it is Chrysis smaragdula (looks like a new species for bugguide). Six teeth at the end of abdomen excludes C. angolensis, also such strong punctures are never present in C. angolensis. Both of these characters (together with dentate mesopleura etc.) prove it is Chrysis smaragdula.

Chrysis angolensis Rad. -- Lynn Kimsey det.
Moved from Cuckoo Wasps.

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