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to identify such things by trawling the internet. Firstly the insect in the link you cite differs from the above (hind tibia all red, post ocular area all black). Secondly, if you look through the other images on the website you link to you will see several identification errors, including an ichneumon identified as a robberfly! It seems highly unlikely that the specimen you link to was properly keyed out.
Pseudoamblyteles homocerus does not appear to be on the GB list http://www.brc.ac.uk/downloads/Ichneumonidae_checklist.pdf
always good to check these (relatively reliable) resources before plumping for a name.
I posted one very like this on 1st September, asking for a possible ID, labelled 'Insect for ID . I would be interested to know how close this one is to the one that I posted. The only differences were that the one that I posted had all orange coloured legs and had an orange / red band on the tail end.
if you include a link. I am no expert on Icneumonidae, just done enough to know how many there are, how variable and how difficult even with specimens. Photos can only be named reliably in a few very distinct cases or one of the very few specialists around will be able to do more.
If you follow the link I included (http://www.britishinsects.bravehost.com/bwars/pseudoamblyteles_homocerus...), you'll see a photo titled "Ichneumon Wasp Pseudoamblyteles homocerus" and labelled "Found Hebden Bridge nr Canal August 2008"... it was that that made me think that maybe there were a few around. This one was also seen on the coast so I thought maybe had found its way from the continent. However I take your point about it being hard to identify Ichneumons. But by trying to identify them, I'm sure I'm learning a lot... if only how hard it is! The last one I posted (http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/211518) might have been a Digger Wasp, but any other views on that one would also be appreciated.
the link and it was clear to me that it was not a reliable recourse, most photo blogs on the internet contain numerous errors and are of no use in identifying the more difficult groups. The exceptions will contain photos of specimens, dissection and have keys and checklists etc. If you want to learn these facinating and often beautiful insects you need to take specimens and key them.
your (http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/211518)is an ichneumon but there seem to be numerous species with this basic pattern.
Thanks again David. Of course you are right. All those litle features mentioned in the keys seldom appear in photos. Maybe I should stick to butterflies, birds, flowers etc with nice unambiguous appearances... or invest in a dissecting microscope. But I'd hate to kill a specimen only to find out it is some rarity...
I looked at several internet sites and found one that looked just like the one that I photographed, but no ID name other than Ichneumon wasp and I looked at another site that said that there were up to 60,000 of them and so I will leave it that for the time being. Thanks for the help.
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