Wasps in the genus Spasskia (family: Braconidae) have been found for the first time in China, including a species in that genus which is totally new to science.   

The new species, Spasskia brevicarinata, is very small — male and female adults are less than one centimeter long. It is similar to a previously described species called Spasskia indica, but the ridges on some of its body segments are different.

The species epithet brevicarinata reflects a short ridge on its first tergite, as "brevi" is Latin for short and "carinata" is Latin for ridge.

This image shows an adult Spasskia brevicarinata, a newly discovered wasp species. Credit: Entomological Society of America

The genus Spasskia Belokobylskij, 1989 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Helconinae) is reported for the first time from China.

Two species, namely Spasskia brevicarinata Yan et Chen sp. n. and Spasskia indica Singh, Belokobylskij et Chauhan, 2005 are described and illustrated. A key to the species of this genus is updated to include the new species.

Spasskia brevicarinata (left) and Spasskia indica (right) are shown. Higher-quality images are available at http://www.insectscience.org/14.119. Credit: Entomological Society of America

Citation: Cheng-jin Yana, Jun-hua Heb, and Xue-xin Chen, 'The discovery of the genus Spasskia Belokobylskij, 1989 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in China, with description of a new species', Journal of Insect Science, September 1 2014 ISSN: 1536-2442 Volume 14, Number 119. Source: Entomological Society of America