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Chalcidid wasp

Observed: 14th July 2007 By: DioctriaDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in Invertebrates
Brachymeria sp
Description:

One that I've had help with previously on Flickr and WAB, but I'd thought I'd post here to see if anyone could make a definitive ID.

Identifications
  • a chalcid wasp (Brachymeria sp)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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    Likely ID
    chalcidid wasp (Conura xanthostigma (Dalman, 1820) - Chalcididae)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

dshubble's picture

Brachymeria?

It certainly looks like Brachymeria from the legs and pattern though I can't be any more certain than the linked discussions.

Dave

Dioctria's picture

Thank You!

Many thanks for ID'ing this one David. As you probably guessed from my two previous postings elsewhere it is one that fascinated me as I'd not seen anything of that form before and I was very keen to find out what it was. Worth the wait!

David

dshubble's picture

chalcid

A new one to me too,

Dave

DavidNotton's picture

Pleased to be able to help out

Did you keep the specimen? This is quite rare in collections.

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Sadly not

Sadly not, I'm just a photographer who likes to learn about what he has photographed, so I usually don't know something is rare enough to justify collection till after the event.

Do you know how many UK records there have been?

Since your ID I've managed to see the appropriate RES key which mentions only two records. I then found a reference online to Flint, P.W.H.; Brown, R.G. 1981, Spilochalcis xanthostigma (Dalman) (Hym., Chalcididae) a third British record. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 117:114. And there is also a record on NBN for 1993.

Is this the 5th UK record or have there been others?

I'm trying to pass the record on to the VC55 Hymenoptera recorder but haven't managed to get a response yet. I won't give up though. :-)

David

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Records of Conura

I don't have all the details for this species but you might contact Steve Compton at Leeds University who is keen to record Chalcididae: S.G.A.Compton@leeds.ac.uk

Dioctria's picture

Thanks

Thanks for that, I'll drop him an email.

David