Heterospilus dianae 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: 228-229

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Heterospilus dianae Marsh

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Heterospilus dianae Marsh  sp. n. Figure 154


Body size: 2.5 mm. Color: body dark brown, apical metasomal terga lighter brown; scape brown, flagellum brown with 3-5 flagellomeres white near apex, apical most 3-5 flagellomeres brown; wing veins brown, stigma honey yellow; legs yellow. Head: vertex weakly granulate; frons weakly granulate; face granulate; temple in dorsal view broad but not bulging behind eye, width about 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance greater than 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 23-24 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate, often weakly so; notauli scrobiculate, meeting at scutellum in triangular costate area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 3-5 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 distinctly margined, areolar area areolate-rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r slightly shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a slightly beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, apical width equal to length; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum costate basally, weakly granulate apically; terga 4-7 weakly granulate; ovipositor equal to combined length of metasomal terga 1 and 2.

Holotype female.

Top label (partially printed and hand written) - Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Santa Rosa Natl. Park [;] 300m, ex. Malaise trap [;] Site #: H-1-O [;] Dates: 8-29.xi.1986 [;] I.D. Gauld & D. Janzen; second label (white, printed) - [H] open regenerating [;] woodland <10 years old [;] [O] in clearing, fully [;] isolated part of day; third label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] dianae [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


2 ♀♀, same data as holotype with additional date of 20.xii.86-10.i.198(7) (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] San Vito - Las Cruces [;] 22-IV to 5-V-1988 [;] P. Hanson (TAMU).


The dark brown scape and body and honey yellow stigma are distinctive for this species.


Named for the Roman goddess Diana.