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An array of spatulate sensilla on the ventral flagellar surface of each antenna of male Brachymeria lasus occurs only on segments IV-VII and is absent on female antennae. Most such sensilla are on segment VI. Each spatulate sensillum was 15 p, by 16.7 p with a stalk extending 17 p, from the antennal base. Pores were not apparent, but the sensillum surface was imbricated. The sensilla are speculated to have a role in the courtship sequence of this chalcid by functioning both as chemoreceptors of the female-produced sex pheromone and as mechanoreceptors to indicate female receptivity, as female B. lasus typically raise the abdomen to expose the genital pocket.

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