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Pimpla meridionalis Benoit

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea; Family: Ichneumonidae; Subfamily: Pimplinae; Genus Pimpla)

Pimpla vumbana meridionalis Benoit, 1956. Holotype in Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town (SAMC). Type locality: South Africa.


Holotype in Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town (SAMC).

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Pimpla_meridionalis_HOLOTYPE

Pimpla_meridionalis_HOLOTYPE

Pimpla_meridionalis_HOLOTYPE

Pimpla_meridionalis_HOLOTYPE

 


Female probing in an attempt to oviposite into a host (a moth pupa on the underside of the leaf, but the adult moth had already emerged - see photos below). Pickle Pot Forest Patch, Impendle, South Africa. Photographs Alan Manson https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/80214500


Empty case of moth pupa on the underside of the leaf - target of the failed oviposition attempt by the female above. Photographs Alan Manson https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/80229622


Distribution

South Africa.

Biology

Host: unknown.

Reference

Benoit, P.L.G. 1956. Ichneumonidae nouveaux ou interessants de l'Afrique du Sud. Annals of the South African Museum 43: 123-135.

Credits

Photographs Aisha Mayekiso (Iziko Museums of South Africa), or photographs Alan Manson.

Map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

 

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Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

 

Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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