[Taxacom] Mystery photo

Daniel Whitmore whitmore.daniel at gmail.com
Sun Oct 28 16:45:15 CDT 2012


I agree with braconid wasp.

On 26 October 2012 20:21, Quicke, Donald L J <d.quicke at imperial.ac.uk>wrote:

> i still think it is a braconid wasp, about 5-10 mm long
>
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> I find it hard to accept that the insect in the photo is only 2 mm
> long, especially given that the orchid pollinium would therefore be
> less than 1/3rd of a millimeter. That seems unreasonably tiny. If 2
> mm is a genuine figure, then I could go with the ID of a male scale
> insect, but it does otherwise look like a small lepidopteran. Not
> sure that there are Arctiids that small in New Zealand, so I'd be
> inclined to think a tiny Zygaenid. On top of which, male scales have
> no mouthparts, so it's not like they could possibly be feeding in the
> flowers. What could possibly entice them into repeated floral visits
> that could effect pollination?
>
> Peace,
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