Erythmelus (Erythmelus) agilis ( Enock, 1909 )

Triapitsyn, Serguei V., Berezovskiy, Vladimir V., Hoddle, Mark S. & Morse, Joseph G., 2007, A review of the Nearctic species of Erythmelus (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae), with a key and new additions to the New World fauna, Zootaxa 1641 (1), pp. 1-64: 11-12

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Erythmelus (Erythmelus) agilis ( Enock, 1909 )


Erythmelus (Erythmelus) agilis ( Enock, 1909)  

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Enaesius agilis Enock 1909: 456   , plate XIV (lectotype female, designated by Graham 1982: 221 [Natural History Museum, London, England, UK], examined. Type locality: Woking, Surrey Co., England, UK).

Erythmelus (Enaesius) agilis (Enock)   : Debauche 1948: 197–200 (redescription); Donev 2004: 123–124 (diagnosis, distribution).

Erythmelus agilis (Enock)   : Graham 1982: 221 (lectotype designation).

Erythmelus (Erythmelus) agilis (Enock)   : Triapitsyn 2003: 12–14 (diagnosis, distribution, host associations).

Enaesius laticeps Enock 1909: 456   (holotype female [?lost from the Natural History Museum, London, England, UK], not examined. Type locality: Woking, Surrey Co., England, UK). De facto synonymized under E. agilis   by Kryger 1950: 57.

Enaesius limburgensis Soyka 1932: 82   (holotype female [?lost from Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria], not examined. Type locality: Valkenburg, Limburg, Netherlands). Synonymized under E. agilis   by Triapitsyn 2003: 12.

Material examined. CANADA. BRITISH COLUMBIA, Burnaby , 13.vii.1979, D. Gillespie [1 female, CNCI]   . ONTARIO: Near Ancaster, 43°15’N 80°00’W, 7–28.vii.1995, B. DeJonge [1 male, CNCI]. Gloucester, 5–7.vii.1977 [1 female, CNCI]. Guelph, University of Guelph Arboretum , 43°32’N 80°13’W,, L. Coote [1 female, UCRC]. Hamilton: 13.vii.1980, M. Sanborne [1 female, CNCI];, M. Sanborne [1 female, CNCI]; 22–, M. Sanborne [1 female, CNCI] GoogleMaps   . NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, Martin River , 6.ix.1972, FWI– Pipeline Project [1 female, CNCI]   . PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Harrington , 19.viii.1993, M.E.M. Smith [1 female, CNCI]   . QUEBEC, Frelighsberg , 14.vii.1995, N. Bostanian [1 male, CNCI]   . USA. ALASKA, Bristol Bay Co., King Salmon, Naknek River, 16.viii.1952, J.B. Hartley [1 female, CNCI]   . CALIFORNIA: Solano Co., Dozier, Hog Wallows , 27.iii.1972, E.E. Grissell (“emerged 1–12.iv.1972 ex grass stems ( Avena   ) containing Tetramesa   ”) [5 females, 2 males, USNM]. Yuba Co. , Sierra Foothill Field Station , 3 mi. N of Smartville, 4.v.1980, J. Whitfield [1 female, EMEC]   . WASHINGTON, Okanogan Co.,

Okanogan National Forest , Wauconda, 25.vii.1985, A. Finnamore, T   . Thormin [1 female, CNCI]   .

Diagnosis. Member of the agilis   species group ( Triapitsyn 2003). This species is similar to the Palaearctic species E. (E.) magnus S. Triapitsyn   and E. (E.) soykai Donev   , from which it differs by the morphological features given in the key by Triapitsyn (2003). Females of E. (E.) agilis   are characterized by the following: body coloration dark brown, except midlobe of mesoscutum with a narrow, light brown, transverse, submedian stripe, and with basal two terga of the gaster and the base of the third gastral tergum yellow; antenna ( Fig. 4 View FIGURES 4, 5 ) slender, with a long scape, F1 about as long as or only slightly longer than the pedicel, F4 and F6 each with 2 longitudinal sensilla, and clava with 6 longitudinal sensilla; forewing ( Fig. 5 View FIGURES 4, 5 ) 4.3–5.3 x as long as wide, the longest marginal cilia 0.95–1.00 x greatest forewing width, the blade more or less uniformly, densely setose in apical half; hind wing about 20 x as long as wide; ovipositor about 4/5 length of gaster, a little exserted beyond apical gastral tergum (by about 1/10–1/6 of ovipositor length), 0.9–1.3:1 x length of metatibia. Males of E. agilis   are similar to females except for the normal sexually dimorphic features: all flagellomeres of the antenna longer than scape, forewing slightly wider than in female, and genitalia occupying about 1/2 length of gaster.

Distribution. Canada and USA (new records) as well as Belgium, Denmark, England ( UK), Finland, Germany, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland ( Triapitsyn 2003), and also Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia ( Donev 2004).

Host. Leptopterna dolabrata (Linnaeus)   ( Miridae   ) ( Triapitsyn 2003).


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Erythmelus (Erythmelus) agilis ( Enock, 1909 )

Triapitsyn, Serguei V., Berezovskiy, Vladimir V., Hoddle, Mark S. & Morse, Joseph G. 2007

Erythmelus (Erythmelus) agilis (Enock)

Triapitsyn, S. V. 2003: 12

Erythmelus agilis (Enock)

Graham, M. W. R. de V. 1982: 221

Erythmelus (Enaesius) agilis (Enock)

Donev, A. D. 2004: 123
Debauche, H. R. 1948: 197

Enaesius limburgensis

Triapitsyn, S. V. 2003: 12
Soyka, W. 1932: 82

Enaesius agilis

Graham, M. W. R. de V. 1982: 221
Enock, F. 1909: 456

Enaesius laticeps

Kryger, J. P. 1950: 57
Enock, F. 1909: 456