Heterospilus conservatus Marsh

Marsh, Paul M., Wild, Alexander L. & Whitfield, James B., 2013, The Doryctinae (Braconidae) of Costa Rica: genera and species of the tribe Heterospilini, ZooKeys 347, pp. 1-474: 335-336

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Heterospilus conservatus Marsh

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Heterospilus conservatus Marsh  sp. n. Figure 226


Body size: 3.0 mm. Color: head light brown; scape yellow without lateral brown stripe, flagellum brown; mesosoma dark brown, pronotum and propleuron lighter brown; metasomal tergum 1 dark brown, remainder of terga light brown; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex smooth; frons smooth; face rugose; temple in dorsal view broad, somewhat bulging behind eye, width slightly less than 1/2 eye width; malar space about 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance twice diameter of lateral ocellus; 22 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate, meeting posteriorly in triangular rugose area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 1 cross carina; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus weakly scrobiculate, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas margined, granulate, basal median carina present but very short, areola not margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r longer than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R absent, vein M+CU slightly shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum costate-rugose, length equal to apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum weakly costate basally, smooth apically; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor as long as metasomal tergum 1.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - Costa Rica, Guanacaste Pr. [;] Guan. Conservation Area [;] Santa Rosa hdq., 200m [;] lighttrap, 6-VII 1007(1997) [;] L.J. van der Ent; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] conservatus [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


Known only from the holotype.


The longer fore wing vein r, the rugose face and the light brown head are distinctive for this species.


The specific name is from the Latin conservatus, meaning conservation, in reference to the holotype locality of the Guanacaste Conservation Area.