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Jul 10, 2014 11:31 AM

What type of insect is this?

I found this insect in my garden and had no idea what it is

Any help would be appreciated.

J

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    Jul 10, 2014 1:28 PM (in response to The bug finder)
    Re: What type of insect is this?

    Hi,

    This is one of the many species that belong to the ichneumon family, within the order that also includes bees wasps and ants. There are over 2000 species in Britain alone and many are hard to id easily -  so I won't attempt to name it! They are parasitic in that they lay their eggs on host larvae or eggs of other species - often caterpillars. The ichneumon larva slowly devours the host from the inside and in many cases emerges from the host's pupa stage. I found an unknown pupa in the soil recently and kept it in a jar to see what would emerge... and got one of these!

    They mostly have this narrow waist, slender body, long antennae and legs, and the size of the ovipositor for egg-laying, at the tail end varies among the species.

     

    More to read here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichneumonidae

     

    Chris

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