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481 Views 1 Reply Last post: Aug 1, 2014 11:47 AM by MikeHardman RSS
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Aug 1, 2014 10:59 AM

Id help please with this ichneumon wasp (presumably!)

Not a very good picture which was taken this week in Hornchurch, Essex.

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  • It is an Ichneumonoid wasp (either ichneumonid wasp or braconid wasp). There are lots of species and some of them are very difficult to distinguish. Even ones that look almost identical may turn out to be from different genera - not just different species.

    - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichneumonoidea

    Microscopic inspection of genitalia and other features is necessary for reliable ID (and even then, experts may argue).

     

    There are basic differences in the venation of the wings that should allow you to decide if your specimen is

    a braconid or ichneumonid wasp (diagram here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braconidae). Your photo could be more helpful in that respect, but I think it is an ichneumonid wasp.

     

    I think you've got that far yourself.

    Unfortunately, further than that, I would not like to say.

    Somebody else might like to have a go, though...

     

    Mike

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