My new gall wasp species is official! 🥳

If you've been in any conversation with me in the last year, it probably included a fair amount of excitement that I was describing a new species of gall wasp with some colleagues. (Not to belittle their involvement in any way! It was a team effort. Now back to the bragging...) Today our paper has been formally published, so I'm going to brag a little bit longer! Plus, it includes some bonus content about other things I've been working on, too.

Discovery through iNaturalist: new species and new records of oak gall wasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae: Cynipini) from Texas, USA.
Y. Miles Zhang, Kimberlie Sasan, Robert J. O'Kennon, Adam J. Kranz
July 20, 2022

Abstract: A new species of the genus Druon Kinsey, 1937, D. laceyi Zhang, Sasan & O’Kennon sp. nov. is described on host plant Quercus laceyi Small from central Texas. We also re-establish Andricus lustrans Beutenmüller, 1913 comb.rev., and transfer Striatoandricus aciculatus (Beutenmüller, 1909) comb. nov. from Andricus. Finally, we report a new state and host record for Druon gregori Melika, Nicholls & Stone, 2022. All observations were first shared on the social platform iNaturalist, highlighting the potential of cybertaxonomy in uncovering overlooked biodiversity.

Allow me to introduce you to... Druon laceyi

If you are interested in reading the full paper, PM me. Miles did a fantastic job of describing the wasp in words the rest of us can hardly understand.

由使用者 kimberlietx kimberlietx2022年07月21日 01:26 所貼文


Congrats Kimberlie that's awesome news! Interesting looking wasp.

發佈由 mikef451 大約 2 年 前

Congratulations! I'm so proud of you and the work that you do in iNaturalist. I'm so privileged to call you my friend!

發佈由 suz 大約 2 年 前


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發佈由 k8thegr8 大約 2 年 前

This is so exciting! Many have sent me specimens through iNat that will be used to describe new species of herb gall wasps and I’m sure there are many, many other cases like this in the works.

發佈由 louisnastasi 大約 2 年 前


發佈由 cgritz 大約 2 年 前

A new species. That's awesome!

發佈由 kfandre 大約 2 年 前

Congratulations on this Kimberlie!

發佈由 robin_g 大約 2 年 前

Congratulations Kimberlie! A very impressive achievement in exploring our natural world, well done!

發佈由 postoak 大約 2 年 前


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