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Unknown Bug - Megischus brunneus - female

Unknown Bug - Megischus brunneus - Female
Elliott Key, Florida, USA
May 19, 2011
Taken on Spite Highway on Elliott Key at approx 9:20am. The bug was crawling around on my cooler located in the back of a ATV.


Moved from Megischus.

Megischus bicolor (Westwood), female.

Megischus brunneus…
Correcting my earlier miscue. Sorry. This is a species that can be found in South Florida.

M. brunneus
According to the key in Aguiar and Johnson (2003), M. brunneus is characterized by having a solid colored ovipositor (lacking the white band near the tip). This species is only reported in the very south tip of Florida and in Cuba. Most of the other images of bicolor have the white band, but this one appears to have a solid colored ovipositor.

Aguiar and Johnson (2003). Stephanidae (Hymenoptera) of America North of Mexico, Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 105, 467-483.

neat bug; hope Dr Smith gives us a sp. name for her
Moved from ID Request.

reminds me of Megischus
Apparently there are two species in FL. Hopefully an expert will verify.

Eye Color
Is the eye color an identifier?

no, not really
eyes mostly reflect the surrounding stuff

Xoridinae (female)…
See reference here.

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