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Aug 31, 2010 8:36 PM

Ichneumon Wasp

I fined wasps very hard to photograph as they seldom slow down. This large one (much longer than a big Bee) However had a good clean then leisurely paraded before taking off. Any ideas as to what it is. The ovipositor? is quite short but very thick.

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    Sep 1, 2010 2:23 PM (in response to John)
    Re: Ichneumon Wasp
    This is an ichneumon wasp of some sort - this is indicated by the large number of antennal segments and the prominent pterostigma.  Unfortunately it's difficult to go much further than this, because these are very hard to identify and the literature is very poor.
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      Sep 1, 2010 4:25 PM (in response to Clive Washington)
      Re: Ichneumon Wasp

      Are these common in the UK? Particularly are they found in the East Neuk of Fife? I live in one of the coastal fishing villages in a modern house that is adjacent to an overgrown grassy area. I think a wasp like this one may have been inside my boot, having crawled inside at some point.


      . It looked similar to the insect in this photograph and I have been searching the web trying to identify it. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo. The creature was about an inch long and black. I think that it may have been trying to sting me but my foot was protected by my sock. I had been wearing the boots for about 40 minutes before it began moving around and as soon as I became aware of it I stopped my car and took my boot off. The insect was still alive and crawled under my car. I was a bit startled so didn't get a picture. It was not like anything I have seen before and reminded me a bit of black fruit wasps I had seen in sourthern Italy.

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