I believe this could belong to the Ichneumonidae family, and I have some idea to which species it might be but I'm an amateur and would like to hear from more knowledged people on this. I believe this is a female, judging by the colors.
Anyone know any more exact ID than it being Ichneumonidae ? or am I even way off on that?
Well, you are very far off - because it is not even a "wasp" (Hymenoptera), it is a "fly" (Diptera)! It belongs to Chironomidae (note the "humpback" thorax and the long front legs). The plumed antennae tells that it is a male (you will never see antennae like that in a wasp!). There are loads of species of this family (in Sweden we have about 500, and I guess that the number in Britain is in the same magnitude), so I will never even try to go down below family level on this one.
A few more images:http://www.cirrusimage.com/fly_midge.htm
Yes, you are of course right. I'm way off, true. Grrrrrrrr. I guess I was too tired to post the correct photo. The photo I posted is of a Chironomidae, Chironominae tribe Chironomini.
Final edited photo here:http: //www.flickr.com/photos/wayuu/6306080337
NOW, to the correct photo, attached below.
I know that certain classification would require more photos and probably even disection, but from this photo alone, can we go on any patterns?I was thinking about Ichneumon extensorius as a possible cadidate. I have seen photos on classification sites where this species is said to be in areas a bit south of where I took my shot. I took mine in southern Sweden and I've seen photos taken in Denmark among others.
Ichneumon albiger looks very much like a candidate too imo.
Ichneumon bucculentus I'm wondering about since most photos I see of this species shows 3 white spots on the abdomen while mine has 2.
I've tried with counting the segments of the antennae too, up to where the white starts. Can that narrow down the classification?
I posted a similar enquiry yesterday, with a photo of the culprit but have not yet had the benefit of a response. I have seen more of these insects now in my city centre garden in Oxford. Is this a normal visitor, and is there an issue for children if there is a nest in the vicinity?