Tiny Wasp

Tiny Wasp

5907  Daniel from Dartmouth, NS. 17 Jan 2017. Indoors on 4th floor of apartment building.  Body approx 3-5mm long, with tail almost same length as body.  Has wings, but seems to only jump/hop rather than fly. Pair of long antenna on head. Golden-brown body.  Group of at least 50+ found in corner of room high up on the walls and on also the ceiling, directly above a bright table lamp. Never seen them before, and after trying to kill all the ones we saw, a few more keep reappearing every couple of hours in the same location.   These photos are of one still alive and hanging onto the wall behind the lamp. Thanks for your help!

This is a tiny wasp; the image is not clear enough for me to be at all certain, but I see a resemblance to the genus Megastigmus in the family Torymidae – see http://tinyurl.com/h62fqj2 for an example. These will not harm anything in your home; the larvae of most members of this family feed in the developing seeds of plants, including roses.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.