A third small species from Flitwick Moor, Beds, Dec 2015

A third small species from Flitwick Moor, Beds, Dec 2015

Postby mycologistman on 08 Dec 2015, 14:02

As indicated in my previous posting on 3 December I visited Flitwick Moor in Bedfordshire , England with a friend. This is a well studied nature reserve yet despite the time of year we added to new species for the County (1 fly and a hopper [Auchenorrhyncha]). We also beat three small Hymenoptera from Ivy that looked interesting. Each was between 3 and 4mm long. Although I think identification from the images is very unlikely I will post all three here in the hope that someone might be able to guide us to the correct groups. This is the third, again perhaps a hyperparasite of a gall wasp. It looks not dissimilar in some regards to my previous posting though also with very evident differences. Both are clearly female. I do have the specimens of each of these.

Many thanks as always

Alan
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Re: A third small species from Flitwick Moor, Beds, Dec 2015

Postby chalcidbear on 08 Dec 2015, 18:11

Ha! This is probably the ichneumonid genus Gelis, which can be fully winged, brachypterous, or apterous, and can be a primary or secondary parasitoid. Now that I've seen this, I think it quite possible that you image #2 may be a fully-winged version of this species. Reposting this on the Ichneumonidea board will probably get you a more definitive answer though.
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Re: A third small species from Flitwick Moor, Beds, Dec 2015

Postby mycologistman on 09 Dec 2015, 01:13

Very many thanks Chalcidbear. Your comments here in relation to this and also in relation to specimen 2 have already exceeded my wildest expectations regarding the identity of these two. These certainly look like other images on-line of Gelis species and whilst I doubt the possibility of identification to species from the images I will nonetheless re-post on the ichneumon section as you suggest. Hopefully though the fact that I have the specimens will mean that at least by knowing the genus it will be possible for someone to take this further,

Best wishes and thank you again

Alan
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