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Ichneumon Wasp- but which one?

Observed: 31st July 2011 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrates
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    Likely ID
    Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumidae)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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What would we need to see or do to be more certain of species?

Les Pearce
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Ichneumid Keys

Hi Les

The more I look the more I am convinced iot is Amblyteles armatorius You could post on the BWARS Yahoo Group. Your shots are pretty good at getting the all round picture of the characteristics perhaps someone will add to the comments with more certainty
Keys are not ideal for this group here is a link to some info to whet your apetite.


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BWARS deals with aculeates

BWARS deals with aculeates (i.e. the Aculeata: bees, wasps - Vespidae, Crabronidae, Sphecidae, Pompilidae, Chrysidoidea and a few other groups - and ants, not the Parasitica). There are very few people who can ID ichneumons in UK, but one of them (the top of the tree!) is an iSpot user and may help.

There are over 1000 of these beasts in UK, and the ID is very technical - popular guides are useless for most of them. Most people are happy to be able to call them ichneumons and leave it at that.



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