Australian Braconidae

Australian Braconidae

Postby Graeme Cocks on 09 Jul 2017, 01:09

Can anyone suggest a subfamily for this wasp? Ichneumonidae? Netted, Townsville, Queensland.
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Re: Australian wasp?

Postby Bilule on 10 Jul 2017, 09:57

It's a Braconidae.
The hind wing venation looks like Braconinae, but the fore wing looks very strange to me, with its square apex...
Is it a cyclostome species?
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Re: Australian wasp?

Postby Graeme Cocks on 10 Jul 2017, 18:42

Thanks Bilule
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Re: Australian wasp?

Postby Graeme Cocks on 24 Jul 2017, 17:05

Can't find any reference to cyclostome, other than hagfish?
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Re: Australian Braconidae

Postby Bilule on 26 Jul 2017, 17:17

Hagfish? :lol:
Sorry Greame, I explain:
According to D. Quicke's glossary:
Cyclostome: having a cavity above the mandibules formed by the recession of the lower part of the clypeus and exposure of the often concave labrum; usually dorsally rounded.
You can see an illustration on this page (in paragraph Can you see the difference?)
Some cyclostome Braconidae subfamilies: Braconinae, Doryctinae, Alysiinae, Rogadinae, Opiinae...
Some non cyclostome Braconidae subfamilies: Microgastrinae, Cheloninae, Euphorinae, Agathidinae, Blacinae, Macrocentrinae, Helconinae ...

Are the wings in an horizontal plane on the above picture?
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Re: Australian Braconidae

Postby Graeme Cocks on 27 Jul 2017, 00:11

You're right Bilule. The square shape to the wing apex is an artefact. Here are two other wasps of the same species for comparision.
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Re: Australian Braconidae

Postby chalcidbear on 11 Aug 2017, 16:39

I will jump in and say this is the subfamily Braconinae. In the Nearctic region, the two most common genera with this gestalt are Bracon and Habrobracon, so I wouldn't be surprised if your beast turns out to be one of those.
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Re: Australian Braconidae

Postby Graeme Cocks on 11 Aug 2017, 19:01

Thanks Bob
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