Prasmodon scottmilleri Fernandez-Triana & Whitfield, 2014

Fernandez-Triana, Jose L., Whitfield, James B., Smith, M. Alex, Braet, Yves, Hallwachs, Winnie & Janzen, Daniel H., 2014, Review of the Neotropical genus Prasmodon (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae), with emphasis on species from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, northwestern Costa Rica, Journal of Hymenoptera Research 37, pp. 1-52 : 29-31

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Prasmodon scottmilleri Fernandez-Triana & Whitfield

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Prasmodon scottmilleri Fernandez-Triana & Whitfield sp. n. Figs 64-69 View Figures 64–69 , 98 View Figure 98–99

Type locality.

COSTA RICA, ACG, Alajuela Province, Sector Rincon Rain Forest, Camino Albergue Oscar, 560m, 10.87741, -85.32363.


♀ in CNC. Specimen labels: 1. DHJPAR0043031. 2. Voucher: D.H.Janzen & W.Hallwachs, DB:, Area de Conservación Guanacaste, COSTA RICA, 11-SRNP-610.


1 ♂ (CNC). COSTA RICA, ACG database code: DHJPAR0038914.


Female. Body length 3.9-4.0 mm. Fore wing length 4.5-4.6 mm. Body color: mesosoma entirely yellow-orange (with the exception of a very small black spot on axillar complex), metasoma with brown to black areas covering most of mediotergites 4-7 (and also part of mediotergites 3 and 8). Scape color: partially dark brown to black. Flagellomeres color: most flagellomeres brown to black, except for small subapical area (F14-15) which is yellow-brown ( Figs 64, 67 View Figures 64–69 ). Tegula and humeral complex color: tegula pale, humeral complex partially dark/partialy pale. Mesotibia color: posterior 0.1-0.2 dark brown to black. Metatibia color: posterior 0.1-0.3 dark brown to black ( Fig. 64 View Figures 64–69 ). Metatibia spurs color: yellow-orange. Metatarsus color: dark brown to black (except for anterior 0.7 or less of first metatarsomere) ( Fig. 64 View Figures 70–75 ). Fore wing color pattern: uniformly and entirely infumate (except for small hyaline area near veins (RS+M)b and 2M). Fore wing veins color: all veins dark brown ( Fig. 65 View Figures 64–69 ). Pterostigma color: entirely dark brown. Hypostomal carina: highly raised. Scutoscutellar sulcus: with 4 impressions. Areolet height÷vein r length (fore wing): 0.15 × or less. Hind wing subbasal cell: mostly without setae ( Figs 65, 69 View Figures 64–69 ). Hind tarsal claws: with pectination (teeth) very irregular in spacing and length. Shape of mediotergite 1: distinctly narrowing posteriorly, width at posterior margin clearly less than width at anterior margin and median width ( Fig. 69 View Figures 64–69 ). Mediotergite 1 length÷width at posterior margin 3.6-4.0 ×. Mediotergite 2 width at posterior margin÷length: 3.6-4.0 ×. Ovipositor sheaths length: 0.6 × as long as metatibia.

Male. As female but with flagellomeres fully dark brown to black.

Molecular data.

Sequences in BOLD: 6, barcode compliant sequences: 5 ( Fig. 105 View Figure 105 ).

Biology and ecology.

Hosts: Crambidae , four species of Omiodes and Triuncidia eupalusalis DHJ02.


Costa Rica, ACG rain forest.


This species is named in honour of Scott Miller of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C, in recognition of his decades of taxonomic knowledge and support contributing to understanding the species-level and higher taxonomy of the Dalceridae , Lasiocampidae , and other fat fuzzy moths of ACG, INBio and Costa Rica, as well as other parts of the world, and administrating Lepidoptera biodiversity development at the Smithsonian Institution.