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Photo#550722
Ant-mimicking Pincher Wasp

Ant-mimicking Pincher Wasp
Ewing, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
July 23, 2011
Size: 5-6 mm
This was crawling on a wall inside my apartment and was photographed in a glass vial. It appears to be an ant-mimic, and I believe it to be an immature wingless mantidfly based on the raptorial legs. The abdomen shape reminds me of Climaciella. Any help identifying the genus/species would be appreciated.

Edit: I was way off. Identified later as a member of Gonatopodinae by Ken Wolgemuth and Ray Simpson.

I am so happy to see you posting again...
you don't even know me [i joined in mid-2008], but i always admired your work and wondered why did you stop contributing to BG...
welcome back, Richard!

Moved from ID Request.

 
Thanks
It certainly has been a while since my last image posting. After changing careers and moving around a bit, I found it harder to pursue bug photography. I would like to get back into this wonderful hobby and hope to contribute more to BG in the future.

 
please please get back!
looking forward to it.
is the e-mail address in your BG profile current?

 
It is current, though I can s
It is current, though I can sometimes be very slow in replying.

 
thanks again --i simply wanted to make sure
no worries about responding quickly, i won't pester you with mail; but specific tech. issues may arise every now and then that are better resolved offline, that's all

Or maybe a Dryinid?
It resembles Gonatopodinae:



EDIT: As Ray has already suggested... :)

 
Gonatopodinae
Thank you and Ray both. Looks like a perfect match! The triangular head also threw me off.

wasp
Check the dryinid wasps... they have raptorial front legs. This has the look of a hymenopteran

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