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Aug 4, 2013 2:58 PM

Egg laying Wasp/fly ID?

I saw this interesting bug with her abdomen inserted into an old tree trunk next to a large pond. The holes in the tree had already been excavated out by woodworm and I'm guessing she was borrowing one to lay her eggs! Any idea what she is? Thanks!

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    Aug 5, 2013 3:31 PM (in response to mellojo)
    Re: Egg laying Wasp/fly ID?

    Hello,

    This was a female ichneumon wasp laying her eggs in the body of some unfortunate bug, possibly woodworm. The wasp larva will eat its host alive and emerge as an adult. Ichneumonidae is a very large family of parasitoid wasps and I doubt an expert would be able to tell you the name of this species just from looking at the photo. I'm not an expert...

    Best wishes,

    Florin

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