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Reiner Richter 18 Feb 2015

Aulacidae Wasp

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Sighted 24 Jan 2015
Welch Plateau, Sherbrooke Forest

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  • Tony D. 19 February 2015
    Aulacidae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Aulacidae
    Tony D. says

    Great shots Reiner! This is not an ichneumon as the forewing veins C and Sc are not fused (ie the long costal cell to the pterostigma is well formed). The high insertion of the metasoma on the propodeum and the presence of the crossvein 2m-cu in the forewing makes it an aulacid. Only the two genera, Aulacus and Pristaulacus. From what I can tell from the literature, likely the latter by the total lack of crossvein 2r-m (ie only two submarginal cells), though really need to see that the hind tarsal claw is pectinate to confirm (not pectinate in the former). Check this paper on WA aulacids to see some of these features: http://museum.wa.gov.au/research/records-supplements/records/aulacid-wasp-fauna-western-australia-descriptions-six-new-speci

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Notes

  • Reiner Richter 18 February 2015
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    Reiner Richter says

    Thanks Ken. I was a bit unsure about that also due to its color as most Netelia tend to be paler/more orange.

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  • Ken Harris 18 February 2015
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    Ken Harris says

    Sorry Reiner, definitely not Netelia, the wing venation is all wrong.

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