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Eulophid(?) from honeysuckle Phyllonorycter - Sympiesis - female

Eulophid(?) from honeysuckle Phyllonorycter - Sympiesis - Female
West Meade, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
June 9, 2011
Size: 2.7 mm
Emerged from a Phyllonorycter mine in a Lonicera maackii leaf. The only documented Phyllonorycter on this introduced honeysuckle does not occur in North America, but there are a number of options for Lonicera spp. miners. Unfortunately this wasp got loose in my house just now, so we may never know exactly what it is, but I assume it's some kind of eulophid, as usual.

I notice that the only other green, white-legged eulophid I've reared also came from a Phyllonorycter mine, for whatever that's worth:

Edit: I asked Terry Harrison about the leaf mine. He has reared P. mariaeella (which has a wide host range within Caprifoliaceae) from L. maackii, and suggests that is likely the species that produced the mine from which I reared this wasp.

Moved from Eulophidae.
Christer Hansson: "Sympiesis sp., a female"


A female. As mentioned previously, leafminers are a favorite host, especially Gracillariidae.

See reference here.

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