Heterospilus lenca 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: 249-250

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Heterospilus lenca Marsh

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Heterospilus lenca Marsh  sp. n. Figure 168


Body size: 2.5 mm. Color: head and mesosoma dark brown, metasomal terga somewhat lighter brown; scape yellow with weak lateral longitudinal brown stripe, flagellum brown with apical white annulus, apical 3-5 flagellomeres brown; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow, apical half of femora usually darker brown. Head: vertex granulate; frons granulate; face granulate; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, width less than 1/2 eye width; malar space equal to 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance at least 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 23 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes weakly granular and partly smooth; notauli weakly scrobiculate anteriorly, smooth posteriorly, meeting at scutellum in unsculptured or partially weakly costate area; scutellum smooth; prescutellar furrow with 5 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 margined, areolar area areolate-rugose, lateral areas rugose with small granulate patch anteriorly. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R absent, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, length very slightly greater than apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; poste rior transverse groove present; third tergum costate anteriorly, granulate posteriorly; terga 4-7 weakly granulate; ovipositor as long as metasomal terga 1 and 2 combined.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] Res. Forestal Golfo Dulce [;] 3km. SW Rincon, 10m [;] iv.1993, P. Hanson [;] Malaise, primary forest; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] lenca [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


Known only from the holotype.


The absence of hind wing vein SC+R, the granulate metasomal terga 3-6 and the shining but weakly granulate mesoscutum are distinctive for this species.


Named for the Lenca, an indigenous people of Honduras and El Salvador.