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Braconid Wasp - Atanycolus - female

Braconid Wasp - Atanycolus - Female
Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia, USA
September 11, 2011
Size was fairly small (10mm?), but individual never stopped moving and so measurement and good quality photo was not obtained.

Looks like this Atanycolus species:

Images of this individual: tag all
Braconid Wasp - Atanycolus - female Braconid Wasp - Atanycolus - female

Uh oh…
Back in 2008, Dr. Sharkey ID'd the braconid here as Alabagrus texanus. Unfortunately it was moved to the wrong genus (Atanycolus). I think it would safe to assume that Dr. Sharkey's reference is correct since he has written and revised the keys for many of the braconid genera that we now enjoy viewing on BG. So, first, that can be moved to to the right species. I believe the images of the male and female above (green background) should be moved to the genus level for now (i.e. to Alabagrus) because even though I suspect it is A. texana based on the descriptive references I have viewed, there are several other species that are similar, and Dr. Sharkey or another braconid expert should be the one to make that final call.

I'm confused...
In one image, there's an ovipositor; in the other, there isn't. Are these for sure images of the same individual?

Re: Same individual

I thought the same thing, but I think this is the same individual. I have no idea what it did wiith the ovipositor, but thought it could be curled under its body (?) This was the only image out of six that did not have the ovipositor in view. These were the best two images I shot.

The photo metadata properties show that both of these photos were taken at at 10:22 AM. The photos were in sequence (#7714 and #7715). The un-cropped images clearly show the wasp was on the same leaf in these two images. I took six crummy photos (7712-7717) in sequence from 10:21AM - 10:23AM, including these two photos, while standing at the same spot. The wasp kept going behind a couple of leaves in the immediate area, which was heavily vegetated. (The vegetation also prevented me from getting closer and moving freely.) The wasp, which never stopped moving, was sometimes out of sight behind a leaf for a few seconds, but then would pop back out, back into view, where I was expecting it would. I do not think there was a second wasp.


Look at second photo. The shadow of ovipositor may be visible.

Moved from ID Request.


John, As always, I appreciate your time and expertise. Roy

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