French Guianan evanioids 3

French Guianan evanioids
Today I had a request for some specimens of Evaniidae from Ricardo Kawada, a PhD student and researcher in Sao Paulo. This forced me to go over my French Guianan evanoids and I thought that I would take some photos while I was at it: * many thanks to Ricardo Kawada & David Smith for ...

Euglossine bees 2

Euglossine bees
I have just been working through some euglossine bees that I obtained over the years from various sources – French Guiana (myself & Philip Soler) and Ecuador (Andrew Neild). With a little bit of keying (Mitchener’s “Bees of the World” & Lynn Kimsey’s key to the genus Exaerete) I discovered that they broke down to: ...

Tropical Pompilidae & Sphecidae 1

Tropical Pompilidae & Sphecidae
Yesterday Colin Vardy got in touch with me to ask if I was still interested to get my old French Guianan pompilids identified. Colin normally charges for his time but he had a batch of French Guianan to identify so offered to do mine at the same time. This offer was very generous of him ...

Foenomorpha senlura (Cenocoeliinae, Braconidae) 2

Foenomorpha senlura (Cenocoeliinae, Braconidae)
I have extracted a few evanoid-like braconids from the recent French Guianan batch and amongst the Cenocoeliinae I found a few of these, which I didn’t think was related but Yves Braet (an expert on French Guianan braconids) suggested Foenomorpha and after a bit of Googling I found a key (by Yves) that suggests that ...

Apechoneura sp. (Ichneumonidae, Labeninae)

Apechoneura sp. (Ichneumonidae, Labeninae)
Here is another little distraction from my normal interests in the form of a French Guianan ichneumon called Apechoneura of the subfamily Labeninae. Many thanks to Gavin Broad of the NHM for the identification. I had initially thought that it was a rhyssine because it has a wonderfully ridged thorax but this is also a ...

Capitonius sp. (Braconidae, Cenocoeliinae) – an evanoid ‘mimic’

Capitonius sp. (Braconidae, Cenocoeliinae) - an evanoid 'mimic'
Amongst the evanoid wasps I have found quite a few of these little wasps. At first I thought that they must be evanoids because the gaster is mounted very high on the propodeum but on closer inspection they have fused costal veins and so they actually key (in Goulet & Huber, 1993) to Braconidae. Then ...

Hemistephanus erugatus (Stephanoidea, Stephanidae) 5

Hemistephanus erugatus (Stephanoidea, Stephanidae)
Continuing the Hymenoptera theme I have been picking out anything that looks a bit like an evanoid wasp and came across these lovely stephanoids. The Stephanoidea (the only family being Stephanidae) are quite distinctive because they have very round heads with a crown of little thorns around a median ocellus – coupled with the fact ...

An amazing French Guianan chalcid 2

An amazing French Guianan chalcid
I know it must seem like I have gone over to the dark-side but Hymenoptera aren’t all bad … Jean sent me a few tubes of wasps in his recent batch and it didn’t take long before I found some really exquisite insects – like this one. Normal chalcids are tiny little things but this ...