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wasp - July 16 - Cotesia

wasp - July 16 - Cotesia
Cross Plains, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
July 16, 2011
Size: ~2.75mm - body
Tried to photograph the wasp when it was alive (July 15) but with no luck. I couldn't open the container or it would have immediately flown off. This, unfortunately, is a dead wasp. There is still one pupa left but I'm not sure if that wasp will emerge.

Images of this individual: tag all
caterpillar - June 28 - Mythimna unipuncta caterpillar - July 2 - Mythimna unipuncta caterpillar - July 6 - Mythimna unipuncta pupas - July 6 - Cotesia wasp - July 16 - Cotesia wasp - July 16 - Cotesia


The wing venation and creased propodeum indicates this genus of braconid wasp. Mostly associated with Lep. larvae.

See reference here.

Do you think it is worth keep
Do you think it is worth keeping these photos or should I just frass them? The wasp photos are really blurry.

re: pics worth...
I don't see any problems with these images (I've seen much worse images kept at BG). Also, it may be possible at some point to get this braconid to species level.

re: species...
Cotesia ruficrus is one of the species that attacks this particular host. There may be others. Hopefully, Dr. Sharkey or another braconid expert will visit here at some point to determine if there is enough detail in these images to get this to species level.

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