Gasteruption Wasp

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Gasteruption Wasp

Postby birder100 on Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:11 pm

Gasteruption jaculator male pos Garden Wilmslow  June19th13 6480.JPG
Could be any one of the 5 UK species

Hello All,

I'm relatively new to this forum ........ so I'll begin with something difficult. I've had a Gasteruption wasp in my garden for a few days, a male I think. Probably jaculator or assectator, but it could be any one of the five+ UK species. There doesn't appear to be a Cheshire record of any. Does anyone have any idea about how to tell them apart? I've spent hours on the web but with little success. Any help appreciated ......

Tony

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Re: Gasteruption Wasp

Postby birder100 on Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:49 pm

Another photo taken tonight (Tuesday 25th June 2013) .... nice purple sheen on the wings ....... any ideas ?

Tony

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Re: Gasteruption Wasp

Postby SteveMcBill on Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:06 am

Tony,

I sent this to Gavin Broad - the Hymenoptera Parasitica Curator at the NHM. Sadly, he is unable to put a name to your photographed Gasteruption - in his own words: "Photos of male Gasteruption are beyond me! Sorry.".

Nice photos nonetheless.

Steve

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Re: Gasteruption Wasp

Postby birder100 on Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:11 pm

I visited the NHM in London on 17th November 2013 and looked at this insect with Gavin Broad. He was able to positively identify it as Gasteruption jaculator.

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Re: Gasteruption Wasp

Postby SteveMcBill on Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:56 pm

Excellent news Tony - well followed up and a big 'Thank you' to Gavin too.

Could I possibly ask you to put the record onto RODIS please ?

Cheers.

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Re: Gasteruption Wasp

Postby RachelMC on Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:20 pm

I've just posted this story - and the photo of the wasp - onto our Facebook page Species Spotlight

https://www.facebook.com/SpeciesSpotlight

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