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Small hymenopteran with ovipositor

Observed: 22nd September 2011 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

I thought at first this insect was an ant but it proved not to be. The antennae suggest Parasitica and the ovipositor indicates female. If a closer ID fit is possible, I should be grateful.

Identifications
  • Icheumon/wasp
    Confidence: It might be this.
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    Likely ID
    an ichneumonid wasp (Gelis sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

grant burleigh's picture

Gelis sp.

Thanks for this ID

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Gelis cont.

I gather that Gelis is parasitoid on certain butterflies and it would be interesting to know if the Speckled Wood is one of them

DavidNotton's picture

Gelis

is a rather large genus (many species) they generally attack small cocoons, and hence are often parasitoids of microlepidoptera or hyperparasitoids of Lepidoptera via microgastrine braconids.