Braconid wasps

Braconid wasps

Observation - Braconid wasps - Southern Africa. Description: Spotted this 4-5mm slender orange wasp this morning. Ichneumonoidea: Antenna with 16 or more segments, The forewing has a pterostigma. Amongst these the Braconids have a specific wing vein and cell pattern and specifically lack a second recurrent vein w

Spotted this 4-5mm slender orange wasp this morning.
Ichneumonoidea: Antenna with 16 or more segments, The forewing has a pterostigma. Amongst these the Braconids have a specific wing vein and cell pattern and specifically lack a second recurrent vein which divides the second discal cell in Ichneumonidae. Braconids tend to be quite a bit smaller than Ichneumonidae but there is overlap here. See Braconid wing vein plan on Bugguide here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1050524.