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Nov 26, 2013 8:21 PM

What is this wasp?

Found this in my bathroom! What is it please Thanks for your help

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    Nov 26, 2013 9:29 PM (in response to Abbo123)
    Re: What is this wasp?

    This looks like an ichneumon wasp of some kind. There are 3,000 or so species in the family Ichneumonidae, some of which look confusingly similar and are hard to distinguish without very detailed examination. These are solitary living parasitic wasps which lay eggs in other invertebrates eg. caterpillars. The larvae feed on the unfortunate host when they hatch.

     

    This link is handy for showing some of the variations in the family:

    http://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/term/19403

    Yours looks a bit like Pimpla rufipes just going by the photos, but I wouldn't put money on it as the collection shown is the tip of the iceberg!

     

    This is worth a read too:

    http://www.ispotnature.org/node/100349

     

    Chris

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