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Gasteruption Wasp

PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:11 pm
by birder100
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


Re: Gasteruption Wasp

PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:49 pm
by birder100
Another photo taken tonight (Tuesday 25th June 2013) .... nice purple sheen on the wings ....... any ideas ?

Tony


Re: Gasteruption Wasp

PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:06 am
by SteveMcBill
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


Re: Gasteruption Wasp

PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:11 pm
by birder100
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.


Re: Gasteruption Wasp

PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:56 pm
by SteveMcBill
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.

Steve


Re: Gasteruption Wasp

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:20 pm
by RachelMC
I've just posted this story - and the photo of the wasp - onto our Facebook page Species Spotlight

https://www.facebook.com/SpeciesSpotlight