Dominican Amber Scelionid Wasp

Name: Fossil Amber Scelionid Wasp

Hymenoptera, Family Scelionidae

Geological Time: Oligocene - Miocene

Size: Amber: 17 mm long , 10 mm across , 0.6 grams

Fossil Site: Dominican Republic Mountain region near Santiago

Description: This amber piece displays a fine example of a member of the Scelionid Wasps. These wasps are known to parasitize a diverse variety of insects, are exclusively parasitoids of eggs. The individual tribes are quite specific in their hosts. Scelionids are often collected in large numbers close to the ground and in leaf litter; some reduced-wing and wingless forms are known. This fine example is well centered within its amber tomb, frozen in flight for all time.

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