February 08, 2023

Helping USDA identify biocontrol agents for Spotted Lantern Fly

Is it or isn't it a parasitoid of SLF eggs? Research ongoing. See this observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/148278616

Thanks to @proctos for confirming the identification

Interesting to see Synacra paupera turning up in US more frequently

Posted on February 08, 2023 03:09 PM by trichopria trichopria | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 22, 2022

People often ask me... 'What characters did you use to identify that?'

People who are new to Hymenoptera (parasitic wasp, bee, wasp, ant, sawfly, wood wasp etc.) identification often ask me what characters I used to make identifications, well I could explain every time but that would take a lot of writing, and It's often technical and you can't add diagrams to comments, so I'm recommending people to look at this excellent identification manual which has everything you need to get started. Read and enjoy! https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259227143_Hymenoptera_of_the_World_An_Identification_Guide_to_Families

Posted on April 22, 2022 12:44 PM by trichopria trichopria | 2 comments | Leave a comment

July 12, 2021

Just published! Platygaster robiniae new to Britain. Free publication download:

Just published! Platygaster robiniae new to Britain. Free download here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353196124_The_parasitoid_wasp_Platygaster_robiniae_Hymenoptera_Platygastridae_new_to_Britain

The platygastrid wasp, Platygaster robiniae Buhl & Duso, a parasitoid of the gall midge Obolodiplosis robiniae (Haldeman), is reported as new to Britain based on numerous specimens reared from locations in Essex, the Isle of Wight and London. Notes are provided on identification, bionomics and its status in Britain.

A collaborative paper with Iain Outlaw who found it in the Isle of Wight.

Posted on July 12, 2021 09:25 PM by trichopria trichopria | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 29, 2021

Theora lubrica new to Scotland (Mollusca Semelidae)

Identified by Fabio Crocetta, Simon Taylor and Graham Oliver, publication with identification tips can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348121546_Theora_lubrica_Mollusca_Semelidae_new_to_Scotland_Mollusc_World_53_July_2020_23

Posted on April 29, 2021 12:14 PM by trichopria trichopria | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment