New stalk eyed wasp species named after the character Sidi in Ice Age.
Among the nearly 900 genera of eurytomids is a small New World genus Axima with just eight species known to date. Five of these have “normal” heads, much like related wasps in form and position of the eyes. One is distributed widely in North America from Canada to Texas, and California to New York, while the other four are Brazilian. The remaining three are, as seen at a glance, anything but normal. These three species are “stalk-eyed,” and, as the name suggests, have the cranium modified on each side into elongate dorso-lateral processes at the tips of which are located the eyes. The first of these, A. noysei, was described from Trinidad and Tobago in 1978. A few months later, in 1979, a second species, A. diabolusi, was named from Brazil. Now, a new third species is reported from Colombia.