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I was hoping for a species ID. The bands on the abdomen are white, the legs are yellow.
I took some shots of ,what appears to be the same or similar species,at Otmoor in Oxfordshire .I am afraid to say that after much searching I didn't find any pictures of this ichneumon anywhere .So I hope someone can help both of us .I shall add them to the gallery .
It is not common even to get a genus for ichneumons from a picture. There are very few people in Britain who are competent in this huge family (>=1000 spp. in UK). Most folk are happy to stick at the family or subfamily. The checklist alone runs to 167 pages (http://www.brc.ac.uk/downloads/Ichneumonidae_checklist.pdf).
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
I have a specimen! I guess I now need to get the key! Is much gen det required or is it mostly external characteristics?
The good thing is that the genitalia can generally be left well alone with ichneumonids. This should be readily identifiable (I can't remember what it is though, sitting at home) as it's fairly distinctively patterned. However, the problem facing most people is knowing, first, what subfamily it is and, second, how to navigate through the literature. Perkins's old handbooks to British Ichneumoninae are very useful and will get you to a name but it would be great if there was a fully illustrated guide to ichneumonines, many of which have diagnostic colour patterns.
Ichneumon sarcitorius looks a good match
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