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Gasteruption jaculator

Observed: 18th August 2013 By: Steve_VSteve_V’s reputation in InvertebratesSteve_V’s reputation in InvertebratesSteve_V’s reputation in InvertebratesSteve_V’s reputation in Invertebrates
Gasteruption jaculator
Description:

Parasitic wasp maybe 15mm long with distinctive red/black abdomen and club-shaped femora. I haven't been able to check but I assume the lack of the long ovipositor makes this a male.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

hbrook1's picture

Not sure you've got the right

Not sure you've got the right species, but I could be wrong. The photograph doesn't show the long, very thin 'tail' typical of this species; take a look at the 'other observations of a parasitic wasp (Gasteruption jaculator)' and compare it to them. I've seen G. jaculator once before and the shape looks very similar, so maybe a different species of the same genus?

Steve_V's picture

Male has no ovipositor

The long thin 'tail' is the ovipositor - this is only present in the female, and I've now checked and there are plenty of photos of males on the internet with no ovipositor.

hbrook1's picture

Ah, I didn't know that!

Ah, I didn't know that! Thanks for letting me know!

Amadan's picture

Beware of Internet pictures

Of Ichneumons (and also Sawflies). I would love to find out more about both groups, but I believe that some of the images out there are wrongly identified.