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Bug from Bolivia
January 10, 2010
Photo taken last week in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
A bunch of curious people!
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Pelecinid

Pelecinid

Dear bunch of curious people,
This is a member of the wasp relative in the family Pelecinidae.  There is a single North American species, Pelecinus polyturator, and according to BugGuide, it ranges as far south as Argentina.  This may be Pelecinus polyturator, or a closely related species.  Pelecinus polyturator is a parasitoid that preys upon the subterranean grubs of May Beetles.  Your photo depicts a female who uses her long jointed abdomen to deposit eggs beneath the surface of the soil when she locates a beetle grub that will provide food for one of her spawn.

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