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Ichneumon - Pseudoplatylabus new-species - female

Ichneumon - Pseudoplatylabus new-species - Female
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
June 26, 2010
Size: 8mm

Moved from New Species.

Moved from Ichneumon Wasps.

I'd think this to be Cryptinae if it weren't for the apparent lack of notauli. [But now that I have the specimen, I find it to be Ichneumoninae, apparently an undescribed genus].

Moved from Braconids and Ichneumons.

I was wondering if there were undescribed genus in the Ichneumons, after you wrote that only 35% of the family is believed to be described. Could there even be subfamilies that are undescribed, and what are the chances of any of these undescribed specimens being described?

Additional subfamilies and lesser supergeneric groups will likely be recognized as more is known about the hosts and habits of ichneumonids. This would presumably have to come, in large part, as a result of work on the biology of the host species, but rearing and life history studies aren't very popular any more (one can't do that kind of work with a computer), so I wouldn't expect to see much information coming from studies of that sort any time soon. Of course, the biggest deterrent to progress on the systematics of Ichneumonidae is the dearth of persons working on the group. That is partly a consequence of the fact that taxonomic research doesn't generally have a very high priority in the scheme of things.

new species
I photographed one this week that closely resembles this but also might be a new species. Is there anyone doing taxonomic research on these Ichies that I could send specimens to if I collect?

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