Heterospilus miskito 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: 118-119

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Heterospilus miskito Marsh

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Heterospilus miskito Marsh  sp. n. Figure 79


Body size: 3.0-3.5 mm. Color: head honey yellow; scape yellow without lateral brown stripe, flagellum entirely brown; mesosoma brown with mesoscutum and lower portion of mesopleuron lighter brown to honey yellow; metasomal terga 1-4 brown to dark brown, terga 5-7 yellow; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex transversely costate; frons transversely costate; face rugose; temple in dorsal view narrow, width less than 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance about 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 26-27 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate, meeting scutellum in triangular rugose area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 3 cross carinae; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not distinctly margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas rugose posteriorly, granulate anteriorly. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, apical width about equal to length; second tergum longitudinally costate-granulate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove absent; third tergum weakly costate basally, granulate apically; terga 4-5 granulate; ovipositor as long as metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - COSTA RICA-Heredia Prov. [;] La Selva Biological Station [;] 10°26'N, 84°01'W, 100m [;] Malaise trap 14, #260 [;] 1.xi.1993 [;] Project ALAS (M.14.260); second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] miskito [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


1 ♀, Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] P. N. Guanacaste [;] below Pitilia, 500m [;] 7-8.iii.1990, J. S. Noyes (ESUW). 1 ♀, top label - COSTA RICA, Heredia: [;] Est. Biol. La Selva, 50- [;] 150m, 10°26'N, 84°01'W [;] Mar 1996, INBio-OET; second label - 15 Marzo 1996 [;] Bosque secundario [;] M/11/600 (INBC).


The evenly brown mesoscutum and the absence of the basal median carina of the propodeum are distinctive for this species.


The specific name refers to the Miskito, an indigenous people of Honduras and Nicaragua.