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Sep 6, 2011 8:17 AM

Fly or wasp?

Hi,

 

We found this fly/wasp on our window yesterday, any ideas?  Sorry about the picture, it didn't appreciate being under the glass and wouldn't stay still. 

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    Sep 6, 2011 8:46 AM (in response to annyb)
    Re: Fly or wasp?

    Looks like the ichneumonid wasp, Pimpla rufipes - or thereabouts.

     

    Here's my reply to a posting friom last week:

     

    This is a Ichneumon Wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae; Pimplinae) which as a group are parasitoids of lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) larvae or pupae. This is most likely to be Pimpla rufipes, which is one of the commonest species, although there are a few near identical species. Pimpla rufipes is a generalist parasitoid of moth pupae and is widespread and common in the UK. Although they look a bit fearsome they are harmless to us.
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