Pimpla ellopiae, Harrington, 1892

Khalaim, Andrey I. & Ruíz-Cancino, Enrique, 2021, Darwin wasps of the subfamily Pimplinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) of Mexico: genera Apechthis Förster, Itoplectis Förster and Pimpla Fabricius, Zootaxa 5071 (4), pp. 451-491: 473

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Pimpla ellopiae


Pimpla ellopiae   var.

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Remarks. This variation differs from typical specimens of P. ellopiae   by characters given in the key above (couplet 15). Males are recognizable less easily than females as only coloration of hind tibia is found to work well for their separation, though small males of P. ellopiae   var. sometimes   have hind tibia paler, dirty dark reddish rather than reddish black. Pimpla ellopiae   var. resembles   the Costa Rican species P. hubendickae Gauld   as both have reddish brown metasoma, predominantly black hind leg with dark red femur and sparsely punctate on smooth background tergites 2–5 in females, but differs from this species by its entirely black metapleuron and propodeum, and yellow marked mid leg.

Material examined. MEXICO. Tamaulipas: 1 ♀ ( UAT) Gómez Farías , Rancho El Cielo, 2.xi.1990, coll. H. Ruíz   C. Guerrero: 1 ♀ ( TAMU) 6.4 mi. SW of Filo de Caballo , 9000 ft. (= 2745 m), 8.vii.1987, coll. R. Wharton.   1 ♂ ( TAMU) 7 mi. SW of Filo de Caballo , 12.vii.1985, coll. J. Woolley & G. Zolnerowich.   Oaxaca: 2 ♀, 6 ♂ ( TAMU) Llano de las Flores , 8900 ft. (= 2715 m), 17–19.vii.1987, coll. R. Wharton.   5 ♂ (3 ♂ in UNAM, 2 ♂ in ZISP) Santiago Comaltepec , 17.58429ºN, 96.49398ºW, 2332 m, 6.vi.2009, coll. H. Clebsch. GoogleMaps   3 ♂ ( UNAM) same data, but 17.57680ºN, 96.50661ºW, 2950 m, oak-pine forest, yellow pan traps, 16–20.vi.2008 GoogleMaps   . 10 ♂ (9 ♂ in UNAM, 1 ♂ in ZISP) same data, but 17.58424ºN, 96.49428ºW, 2427 m, humid oak-pine forest, Malaise trap, 12–20.vi.2007 GoogleMaps   .


Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas


Texas A&M University


Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences