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  • Resolved: NOT!!! -Is this our good friend, the fig wasp???

    Hello All,
    I was wondering if anyone with knowledge of the fig wasp could confirm if this is one?

    Thank you!

    edit: RESOLVED. It is most definitely not a fig wasp. Thank you all for the replies!!!
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    Last edited by Go0seTrails; 08-22-2021, 01:44 PM.
    SoCal / 10a


  • #2
    No sir! This is not a fig wasp.


    • #3
      That does not appear to be a fig wasp. Looks more like a deformed mosquito. I'm sure somebody else has a good picture of a fig wasp. Probably Evdurtschi would have one.
      San Diego zone 10a
      WL: raspberry tart, interesting CA seedlings.


      • #4
        It's a mudwasp. They're here in my area. It should be around about an inch and a half in length, correct?

        They're actually passive; even if one were to be flying around you they're just collecting mud for their mud hive.
        California - Zone 9b


        • #5
          no, it's not.
          San Francisco Zone 10B.
          WL: None


          • #6

            Here you have true fig wasps hatching from a Profichi Caprifig , getting rid of the excess load of pollen (spread over the top surface of the fruit) and just before flying off to caprificate nearby receptive figs... approx size, slightly above 1/16"

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            For your guidance check fig wasp life cycle in a circular graph and good for North and South Hemispheres..

            life-cycle-blastophaga-psenes.pdf life-cycle-blastophaga-psenes.pdf

            JR/ Portugal


            • Go0seTrails
              Go0seTrails commented
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              Thank you so much for this, JR. super helpful!

          • #7
            Tough to tell for sure without seeing the wing venation, but it looks like some type of Ichneumonid wasp. These commonly parasitize various Lepidoptera and beetle larvae.


            • #8
              It looks very similar to the parasite wasp that I saw on my tomato hornworm.

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              Kuan, North Georgia, Zone 7b,
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