Zagrammosoma velerii Yefremova

Perry, Ryan K. & Heraty, John M., 2021, Read between the lineata: A revision of the tattooed wasps, Zagrammosoma Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), with descriptions of eleven new species, Zootaxa 4916 (1), pp. 1-108 : 98

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Zagrammosoma velerii Yefremova


Zagrammosoma velerii Yefremova

( Fig. 45 View FIGURE 45 )

Zagrammosoma velerii , 1995: Yefremova, 1995: 313–315. Holotype ♀. Locality: Cuba, Guanabo, coll. Kerzhner. Depository: Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, antenna and fore wing on slides no. 3208 & 3209.

Diagnosis. Zagrammosoma velerii is the only species to exhibit both a yellow mesoscutellum and yellow mesoscutum with no dark, median stripe. The head and pronotum setae density are similar to Z. calvini ( Fig. 8 View FIGURE 8 ) and Z. villosum ( Fig. 46 View FIGURE 46 ), however the wing and body patterns are unique to Z. velerii . The first funicular is longer than wide in Z. velerii , where it is either subequal or wider than long in Z. calvini , and wider than long in Z. villosum .

Description. Female - body length 1.2–1.6 mm. Metallic luster on body absent. Scape all yellow. Lower face with median stripe absent. Vertex with 2 stripes above compound eye. Occiput yellow, sometimes with 2 faint, vertical stripes. Pronotum yellow; two black stripes laterally. Prepectus yellow with dark stripe along dorsal margin. Mesoscutum yellow. Mesoscutellum yellow. Propodeum yellow with black median carina, anterior and posterior margins, and diagonal line connecting anterior and posterior margins. Procoxa, mesocoxa, and metacoxa yellow. Profemur, mesofemur, and metafemur yellow. Fore wing: basal and cubital bands absent; parastigmal band present, at junction of parastigmal and marginal veins only; stigmal and postmarginal bands present, with perpendicular extension greater than that of stigmal apex; connections from parastigmal band to stigmal band and from stigmal band to postmarginal band absent. Hind wing hyaline. Gaster yellow with interrupted dark, median stripe; dark band laterally.

Upper ocular sulcus present. Pedicel longer than wide. Funiculars symmetrical: first longer than wide (w:l = 0.66–0.87); second longer than wide to wider than long (w:l = 0.88–1.17).

Pronotum, in dorsal view, bell-shaped (w:l = 1.59–1.77); 4–5 pairs of setae along posterior margin. Mesoscutum reticulate; small, scattered setae absent; intermediate setae present. Mesoscutellum wider than long (w:l = 1.26– 1.36); submedian grooves absent or present but faint and shallow. Hind tibial spur distinctly shorter than basitarsus or subequal. Hind basitarsus shorter than second tarsomere (bst:2 nd = 0.83–0.85).

Fore wing l:w = 2.2–2.86. Submarginal vein with 5–8 setae dorsally. Admarginal setae present. Basal fold setose. Cubital fold setose. Uncus originating on stigma by more than own length from stigmal apex.

Male - as female, except: body length 1.14–1.6 mm; prepectus all yellow; stigmal and postmarginal bands present, with perpendicular extension less than that of stigmal apex.

Remarks. A seldom collected species, Z. velerii is easily identified by the color pattern of the body.

Hosts. Unknown.

Distribution. Neotropical: Bahamas, Cuba ( Yefremova, 1995), Mexico (BS) ( Fig. 33 View FIGURE 33 ).

Etymology: Named for Dr. Yefremova’s friend and colleague Veleri.

Material Examined: BAHAMAS: Eleuthera: Rainbow Bay , 23m, 25°20’31”N, 76°27’1”W, 11.xi– 19.xii.1986, J. R. Wiley, malaise [1♀, CNC: CNC508733 View Materials (D4685)] GoogleMaps . Exuma: Simon’s Point , 7m, 23°31’52”N, 75°47’49”W, 15–20.v.1986, T.L. McCabe [1♀, ANIC: UCRCENT238215 View Materials ] GoogleMaps . MEXICO: Baja California Sur: Las Barracas , 975m, 23°28’25”N, 109°27’8”W, 5–22.v.1984, P. DeBach, Pan trap [1♀, UCRC: UCRCENT312399 View Materials ] GoogleMaps .


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Zagrammosoma velerii Yefremova

Perry, Ryan K. & Heraty, John M. 2021

Zagrammosoma velerii

Yefremova, Z. A. 1995: 313