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Oct 25, 2012 10:22 AM

Can anyone identify this insect?

One of my friends found this on his car and wondered what it is. So far suggestions include: a female dyphysus quadripunctorious or ichneuman wasp.





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    Nov 2, 2012 5:40 PM (in response to Hepatic)
    Re: Can anyone identify this insect?

    It is an Ichneumon wasp, but my expertise finishes there; I have sent the link to an expert in the group

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    Nov 9, 2012 10:14 AM (in response to Hepatic)
    Re: Can anyone identify this insect?

    Luckily it's one of the more distinctive ichneumonids: Hepiopelmus variegatorius.  I's a species of the subfamily Ichneumoninae, which are all parasitoids of Lepidoptera, either larvae or pupae, but always emerging from the pupa.  Hepiopelmus variegatorius attacks Ermine (Spilosoma species) larvae.  It's probably not very common but it does tend to get noticed, so I receive a fair few photos for identification.  There are large numbers of attractively marked species of Ichneumoninae, usually basically black with copious yellow, red or white marks.  Sometimes it is possible to identify the species confidently from photos, although with some species it's not possible.



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