unknown insect clearly not a fly or wasp. it has 4 wings. Clearwing moth maybe? unable to find it on the net or in a book.
I will appreciate an identification please.
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The insect shown is far too big to be an ant at 12 mm long and the weather was not warm or humid, also it was the only one there or thereabouts and they surely do not show as isolated ones, and I am quite familiar with our local wood ants.
Zoom in on the photo and look at the scale on the petiole, this is diagnostic of the Formica/Lasius group of ants. I'm still seeing a lot of ants nests preparing for a second autumn flight of alates at present, lots of winged males and females in the nests.
At 12mm it is likely to be one of the Formica species. The may swarm together but they do use this flight as a dispersal mechanism and come down singly.
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Looks like some sort of Parasitica
I agree that it's an ant, as well as the scale Matt refers to he wing venation and the number of antennal segments match ants better than the alternatives.
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agree, it's an alate ant, looks like a male judging by the prominent genital capsule
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Certainly a male Formica ant, as Matt suggests. And from size and general appearance, very likely to be the wood ant F. rufa, which would be nearby in that general area.
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