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Sep 4, 2011 7:14 PM

Flying Insect that stung me

Hello, the other day I was bit by a fly after trying to catch it and release it.


It was found in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK


2 and a half cm 's long,

Dark Reddish Colouring

Small Black Stinger

Six Legs

Two Wings

Two 2cm antennae


If it is any use, the sting's pain lasted for about 1 or 2 seconds,


I have attached a photo, sorry about the quality, I had to take it quickly on my mobile.


Thanks Much,



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    Sep 4, 2011 7:35 PM (in response to lozzer)
    Re: Flying Insect that stung me
    Looks like Ophion, probably O. luteus, an ichneumon - though there are one or two similar ichneumons. Ophion is known to sting so you're not alone.
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      Sep 5, 2011 7:22 AM (in response to jaguarondi)
      Re: Flying Insect that stung me
      This is definitely an ichneumon, although there are several genera which have lost their coloring becasue they hunt nocturnally.  The other major genus is Netelia.  They are very difficult to identify, invariably a microscope job. They don't sting, as such.  The females have an ovipositor, whose main purpose is laying eggs, so unlike aculeate wasps, there are no venom glands.  But if they feel threatened then they will use their ovipositor defensively.
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