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Tiny Wingless Wasp - Notanisus sexramosus - female

Tiny Wingless Wasp - Notanisus sexramosus - Female
Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
May 11, 2014

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Tiny Wingless Wasp - Notanisus sexramosus - female Tiny Wingless Wasp - Notanisus sexramosus - female

Moved from Notanisus.

Moved from Cleonyminae.

I received confirmation from Dr. Gibson
that the specimens of this wasp that I sent him were indeed N. sexramosus. In addition this winged female - was also IDed from the specimen as a rare winged form of that species.

splendid -- thanks again!
in the future, could you please post all the important ID-related comments under the first image of a series? that way they will be much easier to find.
please see the language i added to the first image here(1):
"det. G.A.P. Gibson 2014 (from voucher specimen, now in CNC)" -- suggest using some formula to that effect wherever the ID has been obtained from the experts based on voucher specimens; it's a bit of extra work for you but i think it's important to provide such info expressly, it adds a lot of value to the images.
just in case, please ask Gary if your specimens get deposited in CNC (Canadian National Collection of Insects), just to make sure

Will do
I posted here because the initial comments from Gary were posted here. I sent the specimens to the CNC so I assume they were added to their collection. I suppose you should remove the "not reported from NA yet" from the info pages.

ok sure
your reasons for posting it here were both perfectly clear and legitimate )))
experts often leave their comments in various places -- it's one of the shortcomings of the BG interface: while looking at a pic we have no way to know whether there are any comments elsewhere in the series :/

the "not reported" thing was supposed to mean the lack of published records, i'll rephrase it -- thanks

I totally agree
it would be great if comments were indicated somehow perhaps like the little icons on email messages that indicate unread, replied to, etc. But I suppose it would be difficult to distinguish valuable comments from others, perhaps a means of flagging expert comments or ones with useful info would work.


Tiny Wingless Wasp
Now this is most interesting! It is a female of the subfamily Cleonyminae (Pteromalidae), and based on the images I would say of the genus Notanisus Walker. There are no described species in this genus from North America. Females of some species are brachypterous or apterous, including those of N. sexramosa Erdos from Europe. It is quite possible that this is a female of this species, and that the species is one more accidentally introduced species from Europe. If you can catch some as a new record for North America please do so and email me. Males would be fully winged, a brighter green in color, and the antennae very distinctive with 5 long "branches" from the basal 5 flagellar segments.

Thanks Gary
I'll see if I can find another one.

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