[Taxacom] Mystery photo

Ken Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 28 21:00:36 CDT 2012


Dear All, 
      Well, one thing which is disputed whether the wasp is actually that long.  Another thing is that the wasp's antennae appear to have moderatedly long setae.  Do any braconids have setae that long on the antennae?  Anyway, I still tend to lean toward Icerya or a relative.             
                        --------------------Ken
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> Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:45:15 +0100
> From: whitmore.daniel at gmail.com
> To: d.quicke at imperial.ac.uk
> CC: TAXACOM at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Mystery photo
> 
> 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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> > Sent: 26 October 2012 18:10
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> > Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Mystery photo
> >
> > 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,
> > --
> >
> > Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
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